The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign Exceeds Expectations

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 28 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army's last minute appeal to the
public resulted in donations that exceeded expectations just in time for
    "That appeal must have touched some hearts very deeply," says Major
Gordon Armstrong of the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, "because
where, last week there was real concern over donation levels, today I am more
than pleased to tell you we have exceeded our original goal of one million
dollars," says Major Armstrong. "In the Lower Mainland, the Kettles raised
more than 1.2 million dollars. The generosity of the public is the real reason
the news today is so positive."
    For The Salvation Army, the Kettle Campaign is by far the most important
fund-raiser of the year and is one of the reasons the Army is able to continue
to support those vulnerable and marginalized people where you live. While the
nation-wide Campaign supports programs that serve 1.5 million people each
year, it should be noted that kettle donations stay in the community where
they are raised. Kettle funds go directly to support Salvation Army programs
that combat poverty in local communities across Canada.
    "We want to sincerely thank all those who worked so hard during this
year's Christmas Kettle Campaign and a special thank-you to those who gave
donations - large or small. We can assure you have made a real difference in
someone's life," says Major Armstrong, "These donations mean The Salvation
Army can continue to Give Hope Today... and every day."
    Donations can be made anytime by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769),
online at or by dropping your donation off at any local
Salvation Army location.

For further information:

For further information: Major Gordon Armstrong, Divisional Headquarters
Public Relations and Development, (604) 296-3821, (778) 227-7291,,

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