/R E P E A T -- Salvation Army Christmas Kettles in GTA behind $250,000 from same time last year. We need the GTA's help./

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army 2013 Christmas Kettle Campaign in the GTA needs to raise $1,000,000 in 4 days to meet its $3 million goal. Right now the campaign is falling $250,000 short compared to same time last year. The Salvation Army is asking the citizens of the GTA to please donate.

"With the reality of so many in need at this time of year The Salvation Army appeals to the citizens of the GTA to help support our Christmas Kettle Campaign," says Andrew Burditt, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "The funds from this campaign allow The Salvation Army to provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to tens of thousands of families in the GTA each year."

Donations to the 2013 Christmas Kettle Campaign can be made:

SalvationArmy.ca
1-800-SAL-ARMY
At your Local Kettle

About the Christmas Kettle
The first Salvation Army Christmas Kettle was used in 1891 on the docks of San Francisco by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee, by 1906 they had made their way to Canada and are still an effective fundraising tool for the organization. Bell ringing by volunteers at Christmas Kettles represents the subtle voice of those in need in our community.

About The Salvation Army:
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 today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of people in your community who are in greatest need. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at salvationarmy.ca.

SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information:

For further information on The Salvation Army, please contact:

Andrew Burditt
Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development
c) 416-845-8231

Neil W. Leduke
Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications
c) 416-578-7998

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