Red Deer’s Jeannette Munn, a volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, looks for donations at Bower Place Wednesday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Kettle donations off to slow start

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is off to a slow start in Red Deer.

Donations are down and The Salvation Army says it is in danger of not reaching its $240,000 goal.

Maj. Larry Bridger, Red Deer Salvation Army officer, said “we could really use some extra help this year with donations, sponsors and volunteers.

“Our kettle donations are behind $11,000 from this time last year and we’re desperate for adopt-a-family sponsors for families,” he said.

Six of the 10 Red Deer kettle locations added debit and credit card machines to make it easier for those who don’t carry cash or change to donate. People can also donate online at www.fillthekettle.com.

READ MORE: Salvation Army to accept debit, credit card kettle donations in Red Deer

“It’s something people have been increasingly asking for, as we just don’t carry cash like we use to,” Bridger said of the technology.

“We’re excited that there will be new ways of making a kettle donation that will still help change the lives of people in need, and that’s the most important thing.”

All kettle donations made in Red Deer stay in the community to ensure Salvation Army programs and services continue year round, including their food bank services, school meal program, clothing, hot meals, summer camps and seniors’ programs.

The campaign runs to Dec. 22.

The adopt-a-family program is short 30 sponsors. Bridger said he’s asking businesses, clubs or families to become a sponsor and help a family in need. The program anonymously matches sponsors with families, to make sure that everyone will receive what they need for Christmas.

For more information on how to help The Salvation Army, call 403-346-2251.



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Red Deer’s Jeannette Munn, a volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, looks for donations at Bower Place Wednesday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

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