The Springdale Salvation Army has extended a ‘thank you’ to the local business community, kettle volunteers, and all those who contributed to their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign and Toy Drive.
They noted they were able to help about local 90 families by providing each with a full Christmas dinner, as well as additional groceries. Toys and gifts were provided to about 125 kids and teens.
The church pointed out this would not have been possible without the help of the community as a whole.
The families helped are in Springdale and the surrounding area. The hampers and toys were distributed on December 22 but calls for help were answered and hampers quickly prepared on December 23, in time for Christmas Day.
A Springdale Salvation Army church representative stated that distribution is mostly decided by family registration prior to the season but occasionally names are provided from local people who know of someone in need. There are also individuals and families that essentially sponsor a family, by calling the Salvation Army Church in Springdale to learn what is needed.
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is a nation-wide fundraising initiative taking place every year during the Christmas season. ‘Kettles’ were started in 1891 in San Francisco and now, each year, kettles are put in place in 2000 locations across Canada.
Although an nation-wide effort, each Christmas kettle is organized by a local Salvation Army church and all monies raised stay in the community.
Green Bay Feed would like to extend an offer now to all Green Bay North and Green Bay South Salvation Army units to help publicize the 2017 Kettle Campaign and Toy Drive, without charge. This offer also goes out to any local community effort to help those in need. We are all in this together.