From left are John Goodfellow, Chad Cole, local kettle coordinator; Mayor Bob Kilger, Ernie Vickerman, and Pastor Oren Cole.
Mayor Bob Kilger was on hand to help launch the local Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, outside Pommier Jewelers, on Thursday, Nov. 22.
This is the largest non-profit social services program, and second only to government funded programs, said Chad Cole, kettle coordinator with the Salvation Army. Until Christmas, there will be eight, kettle sites collecting donations throughout the city, including Walmart, Farm Boy, The Cornwall Square, Baxtrom’s, and Canadian Tire. The Brass Quartet will also be making surprise appearances at the different sites.
Funds raised at the annual event must last the entire year to support their programs, explained Cole, adding that 88 cents on the dollar goes directly to the needy. “We have a low overhead.”