(Black Press file photo).

(Black Press file photo).

Salvation Army kettles are coming out Friday and will accept debit, credit donations

Need is high during the pandemic, so the Salvation Army is also aiming high for its 2021 kettle campaign.

This Christmas season, the charitable organization hopes to raise $250,000 from donations to its Christmas Kettles.

The Salvation Army’s annual Kettle campaign begins Friday to help Red Deer’s most vulnerable citizens through food hampers, Christmas assistance, school lunch programs, and more.

The Kettles will now accept debit and credit card donations – just tap your card. People can also donate online at SalvationArmy.ca, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Donations support year-round programs, and rely heavily on volunteers. Every Kettle needs an attendant, so having enough volunteers is critical, says Major Kent Hepditch, Corps Officer with The Salvation Army in Red Deer.

“We are hoping to fill over 1,500 two-hour shifts from now until Christmas Eve… Even one shift a week or one shift during the campaign can help us reach our goal.”

Volunteers can sign-up today by calling 403-346-2251.

The Kettle kick-off event will take place outside The Salvation Army (4837 54 St.) on Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. with Mayor Ken Johnston.

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began in Canada in 1882. It has become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country.

Note: This news story was corrected on Friday, Nov. 12, to reflect the kick off event is on Nov. 12.

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