The holiday spirit lives on in the Border City.
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is set to return for their 130th year with some mild modifications to accommodate the new public health guidelines.
The campaign starts on November 21, and will run between 12-6 p.m., including on the following Friday and Saturday at six locations (Sobeys, Walmart, Safeway, Lloyd Mall, Superstore and Co-op).
Major Bond Jennings said the organization will run this fundraiser with fewer volunteers and new equipment to help reduce the chances of spreading any illnesses.
“We have the debit machines again this year, but we’ve also got way called ‘tip-and-tap.’ All they have to do is tap their card on one of three items, five, ten or twenty dollars. So that’ll limit the handling of cash, but we’ll still have our kettles there to collect any coins or bills that people want to donate.”
The Salvation Army’s goal this year is $65,000, which is a $5,000 increase from last years goal that they exceeded by a whopping $25,000.
Jennings knows fundraising will be more challenging this year, but he believes collecting donations during “prime shopping hours” will provide them with a chance to hit their target.
“We know it’ll be difficult to do that, but we’re hoping we’ll still be able to reach our kettle goal.”
The Salvation Army is currently accepting registrations for Christmas hampers and will continue to accept applications until November 17.
Last year, they prepared 450 hampers for people in need, and they expect to prepare 900 hampers this year.
“With the way things are and what COVID has caused, we’re seeing anywhere between 5-10 new individuals and families per week.”
Anyone who would like to apply for a Christmas hamper by calling the Salvation Army office at (780) 875-9166