The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles Half Full With 10 Days To Go

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - With 10 days to go, The Salvation Army is
appealing to generous Canadians to support its annual Christmas campaign.
    While the campaign continues, there are locations that are reporting a
significant drop in donations from previous years in areas that include the
Interior, Northern BC, the Island, as well as Lower Mainland locations. It
must be noted that some are less than halfway to their local objectives. As
you prepare for Christmas, please consider giving to The Salvation Army to
support vulnerable and marginalized people where you live. Money raised in
your community stays in your community.
    Poverty is at the root of many of the social problems The Salvation Army
sees every day, from homelessness to substance abuse to families going without
toys, food or even heating at Christmas. Funds raised go directly to support
Salvation Army programs that combat poverty in local communities across
Canada. These programs serve 1.5 million people each year.
    "The Christmas campaign is an extremely important time," says Major
Gordon Armstrong of the BC Divisional Headquarter, "Given that 15 to
20 percent of our annual fundraising revenue comes during the Christmas
season, we are asking that our friends give generously."
    There are hundreds of Christmas kettles and bell-ringers throughout BC,
but donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), online at or by dropping your donation off at any local Salvation
Army location.
    This year, individuals and businesses alike can host their own online
Christmas kettle. Customize your kettle webpage and then invite others via
e-mail to fill your kettle with secure online donations. To become an online
bell-ringer, visit
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

For further information:

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

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