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.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

 

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)

Just Posted

Truck smashes through north Red Deer business

A medical emergency believed to have caused driver to lose control of pickup

Whether to stop ticketing cars left on streets during snow plowing was discussed by Red Deer city council

Councillor suggests dropping fines for residents who sign up for notification system

Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel hosts town hall meeting in Red Deer

The provincial government’s panel examining Alberta’s role in Confederation has now heard… Continue reading

Greed drove former SNC exec’s alleged fraud, corruption scheme: Crown

MONTREAL — Summing up six weeks of testimony at the trial of… Continue reading

No evidence presented in defence of man accused in B.C. high school stabbing

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The defence lawyer for a man accused in… Continue reading

WATCH: CP Holiday Train supports Lacombe Food Bank

Madeline Merlo and JUNO Award nominee Scott Helman both performed

Your community calendar

Friday The Annual Old-Fashioned Country Christmas is being held Dec. 13 at… Continue reading

Opinion: City’s health-care needs ignored once again

Whether it’s services for those struggling with addictions, or patients who need… Continue reading

Freeland heads to Mexico in effort to finalize new NAFTA revisions

OTTAWA — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is to meet American and… Continue reading

Greed drove former SNC exec’s alleged fraud, corruption scheme: Crown

MONTREAL — Summing up six weeks of testimony at the trial of… Continue reading

No evidence presented in defence of man accused in B.C. high school stabbing

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — The defence lawyer for a man accused in… Continue reading

Court challenge to federal ban on needles for drug-using prisoners postponed

TORONTO — A court hearing to challenge the federal government’s ban on… Continue reading

Liberals move to start phasing in promised tax cuts in January 2020

OTTAWA — The Liberal government says Canadians will begin to see the… Continue reading

Feds face calls to protect aluminum industry as new NAFTA deal appears close

OTTAWA — The federal government faced calls Monday to take a strong… Continue reading

Most Read