SUMMERSIDE – In spite of a slow start, the Summerside Salvation Army Corps Kettle campaign raised over $43,000 for the organization’s various charitable work.
Captain Neil Abbott of the Summerside branch described it as a fairly successful campaign.
“It started slow, but we rallied. We really managed to pull it together the last week or so. We were aiming just for $42,000 from the kettles and we raised the $43,600.”
The organization’s letter campaign added an additional $87,000 to help with programming like the soup kitchen and family services.”
In the Maritimes the kettle campaign reached about $1.86 million. Kettle funds were collected at 200 sites across the Maritimes from mid-November through to Dec. 23. Donations were also received through the Salvation Army’s online kettle campaign at fillthekettle.ca as well as the Kettle app.
“We are very grateful to our generous donors across the Maritimes for helping to create another successful kettle campaign,” said Jamie Locke, divisional secretary of public relations and development.
“The need for basic life necessities – food, clothing, and shelter – are often out of reach for many. The kettle funds will help us continue to provide support via programs and services to those who need it most.”
Last year in Canada, the Salvation Army provided support to over 1.9 million people. Here in the Maritimes, the Salvation Army operates 28 units in 21 communities providing food, clothing, shelter, after school programs, addiction rehabilitation services, emergency and disaster response and more.
“With over 300,000 Maritimers living as low-income earners and many thousands more living in poverty, we expect the demand for our programs and services to increase every year,” said Locke.
Nationally, the Salvation Army collected $23.1 million, surpassing the $2.1 million goal.