Salvation Army Launches Kettle Bell Campaign

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Salvation Army Launches Kettle Bell Campaign
L to R: Ralph Bough, Mayor Justin Towndale, Sarah Beach, Jeananne Wirachowsky, Major Randy Gatza, Glenn Wirachowsky (Photo : Krystine Therriault/Seaway News)

‘Tis the season! On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the Salvation Army launched their annual Christmas Kettle Bell fundraising campaign at Farm Boy. Members of the Seaway Winds band were present playing holiday music to get people into the spirit of the season and bring attention to this important fundraiser.

The goal for this year’s kettles and letter donations is $105,000. Last year, the Salvation Army raised just under $100,000 in funding for the community and family services they provide year-round.

In addition to helping families in crisis, Salvation Army has several community-based initiatives including a small food bank and thrift store.

“This is the third year that the Salvation Army has employed the use of tap donations during the kettle bell fundraiser,” said Major Randy Gatza, “Last year this new tech helped bring in over $6,000. Hopefully this year we can do the same or better with the tiptap.”

Salvation Army kettle bells are currently set up at three locations around town and will operate from Thursday to Saturday depending on volunteer availability. Closer to Christmas they plan to run from Monday to Saturday. Anyone interested in volunteering can reach out to Kelly Barkley at 613-662-7967.

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