"Salvation Army and Shopping Malls in Agreement"



    The Salvation Army will ring the bells at Lower Mainland Malls

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - This year The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign
includes of the return of the Christmas bells. "The public overwhelmingly
supports this," said Major Gordon Armstrong, of The Salvation Army Divisional
Headquarters, "and we are very pleased that the reception has been so warm."
Although The Salvation Army hasn't used the bells in some locations in the
Lower Mainland for the past five years, the 116 year old tradition was revived
this year. "We have to dig out our bells, dust them off, and get them
ringing," said Major Armstrong, "they're not all ready to go but should be, as
Christmas gets closer." In the meantime, both Lougheed Mall and Oakridge
Centre have offered additional spots for kettles to assist in making up any
losses.
    Discussions yesterday and today with the managers of Lougheed Mall and
Oakridge Centre and other locations have yielded positive results with
managers expressing their support for both The Salvation Army and the
Christmas Kettle campaign. "We are working cooperatively with Mall Management
and although there have been concerns over bell ringing in the past; this year
the Malls are ready to 'let the bells ring'." Said Major Armstrong, "we are
very happy with their support for the Kettle campaign - the most important
fund raiser of the year for The Salvation Army."





For further information:

For further information: For information on The Salvation Army and on
ways to donate to the Kettle Campaign, please call: (604) 299-3908 or visit
our web site at: www.bc.salvationarmy.ca; MEDIA INQUIRIES: Major Gordon
Armstrong, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations & Development, Direct:
(604) 296-3821, Cell: (778) 227-7291, gordon_armstrong@can.salvationarmy.org;
Kathy Morse, Communications Office, Direct: (604) 296-3819, Cell: (604)
340-6324, kathy_morse@can.salvationarmy.org

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