I am a huge supporter of the Salvation Army and the good work they do in communities across Canada, so when I had the opportunity to help the Kitchener Waterloo branch out with their annual kettle campaign I was delighted to get involved. Nationally they do incredibly good work helping those in need and locally, they helped 17,1113 adults and 10,982 children alone in their 2012 food assistance program. (read about their entire list of programs below). Every community across Canada has a branch so find the one in your hometown to find out what they are doing and where the kettles are located.
I am consistently amazed by people’s generosity as they drop donations in my kettle and this experience has truly filled my heart and restored my faith in humanity.My experience on the kettle has been incredibly heart warming. I have heard some touching stories from people from all walks of life who have been helped by acts of kindness from the Salvation Army at some point in their lives. Some stories are recent, some are from 20 years ago when they were going through a rough patch, and some stories stretch back as far as World War II. But the common thread in all of these stories is the permanent impact the Sally Ann had on each individual which now compels them to tell others how much they love this organization and their need to give back.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDE! Can you spare a few hours this Christmas?
This is a huge undertaking across the Waterloo Region with 17 kettles running at any given moment across the area all run by dedicated team of 0f volunteers young and old. Even if you can spare as little as 3 hours to help run a kettle for one shift, please contact the coordinator Jeremy M at 519 581 7392 or by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org. Every little bit helps.
When you give to a kettle in Waterloo Region, EVERY penny raised in these kettle stays in Waterloo Region to help local families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army also has a wonderful track record with more than 90% of all fundraising going directly to help those who really need it …. not wasted on administrative and overheard costs like some charities. Here is a list of some of the local projects your donation will help support:
- Emergency food, clothing and furniture – assist families & singles with food and clothing in emergency situations
- Daily bread program – free bread and food items to those stretching their budgets – In 2012 they helped 254,726 people
- Summer camps – sending children age 7 – 17 to provincial camps
- Computer lab & classes – basic and advanced MS Office courses for adults
- Pre-employment course for women – job readiness course
- Share the Warmth coat program – free winter wear for those who need it.. in 2012 they distributed 1344 adult & 1095 child coats along with 1360 winter wear items and 664 pairs of footwear
- Toys & Food Drive at Christmas -working with the Christmas bureau to assist families with toys and special food needs for Christmas… in 2012 – 21,987 toys distibuted and 2167 families helped
- Operation Outreach Street Ministry -community vehicle street ministry (food/drinks) 3623 people helped in 2012
- Regional Emergency & Disaster Response Member
- Women’s Support Groups
- Spiritual/Chaplaincy Services
- ‘Back-to-School’ Program
- Volunteer opportunities
WANT TO VOLUNTEER A FEW HOURS?
This is a huge undertaking across the Waterloo Region with 17 kettles running at any given moment across the area all run by dedicated team of 0f volunteers young and old. Even if you can spare as little as 3 hours to help run a kettle for one shift, please contact the coordinator Jeremy M at 519 581 7392 or by email at : email@example.com
Every little bit helps.
Merry Christmas Everyone!