Giving Tuesday – Support Christmas Kettles

Salvation Army Kettle

THUNDER BAY – On Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019, The Salvation Army is asking the community to support the Christmas Kettle Campaign with a financial gift or a gift of time staffing a kettle location.

Our total to date is $49,826.  This leaves $170,174 remaining to reach the $220,000 goal.  There is a need for both financial and volunteer support.  On Giving Tuesday, we would ask everyone to consider how they can contribute to the campaign.

Starting this week, the LCBO locations are now open.  Kettles are at Superstore, Intercity Shopping Centre, Grandview Mall, Walmart County Fair, Walmart Memorial Ave., Walmart Arthur St. Marketplace, and the LCBO’s at Arthur St., Thunder Centre, and Dawson Rd.  Credit card and debit donations will be accepted at the Superstore and the LCBO – Arthur St. throughout the campaign.

Supporters can also contribute on-line by hosting their own Kettle and collect donations on-line or make a donation through the on-line kettle at: www.fillthekettle.com (all donations from this area will be directed to the Thunder Bay kettle campaign).  Alternatively, donations can be made by calling 345-6492.

The kettles are staffed 100% by volunteers and there are still many shifts open at all locations.  Shifts are usually 2 hours.  Hours are weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Over 850 volunteers will staff the kettles through the Christmas season including faithful long-term volunteers and many new friends. We welcome individuals, families, businesses, groups and organizations, and students.  To volunteer call 345-6492.

“With the high prices we face these days, many people have to make choices between things we take for granted, like choosing between heat and food. Christmas can magnify those issues for people, but with your help, we can give them some hope that others care about them,” said Major Lori Mitchell, The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services, Executive Director

All funds raised through the Christmas Kettle Campaign stay in Thunder Bay to help those in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year.  Some of the Services made possible through the Kettle Campaign include the Food Bank and other community-based programming, Breakfast Program at St. James School, Community Dinners, Red Cap Anger Management Program, and Language Café for new Canadians to practice their English and French language skills.

The Salvation Army appreciates the support we receive from the community and is confident that our objective will be reached. Thank you for informing the public of the campaign results to date and encouragement to support the campaign on Giving Tuesday.