The Salvation Army will no longer have volunteers at their Christmas Kettle locations here in the Foothills and also across Alberta as part of new safety protocols to deal with COVID-19. The Kettles will remain in those locations only where permitted and outfitted with an electronic donation option as well as signage to donate online, by phone, or via text message. The last day for volunteers was on December 12th.
“Since the beginning of our campaign this year, the safety of our volunteers and donors has always been our first priority,” says Major Al Hoeft, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations.
“In response to the increasing cases and the recent safety protections by the province and AHS, we will no longer have volunteers ringing the bells at our Kettles in Alberta.”
The Salvation Army has been serving Albertans since 1887 and to potentially lose Kettle donations will greatly impact the programs and services that The Salvation Army provides, not just at Christmas, but all year, as the kettle campaign is the Foothills Salvation Army biggest fundraiser of the year. Kettle donations stay local to fund programs such as food bank services, hot meals, Christmas food & toy hampers, job search programs, counselling, ESL classes, back-to-school supplies, and much more.
There are still ways for people to donate to the campaign.
- By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at FIllTheKettle.com
- Mail your donation to The Salvation Army, 200-5615 101 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6A 3Z7
- Text your donation to make a $5, $10, or $20 donation: text GIVEHOPE to 41010
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 131 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and vulnerable people in your community.