Donations down for Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

By Jill Sperling
December 15, 2016 - 12:28pm

KAMLOOPS — The Salvation Army is busy raising funds and collecting food items for people in need this holiday season, but a cold spell seems to be freezing some peoples' wallets shut.

The bells are still ringing for the Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign, but there aren't as many out as they would hope for.

Volunteers are still needed to help in several locations around the city.

"We are having to shut down kettles at certain points because we don't have enough volunteers," said Captain Paul Trickett, adding "the cold snap has really hurt us, because three of our kettles are outside. Those people that stand outside are quite hardy Kamloopsians."

The Salvation Army is still getting a lot of support from businesses in town.

Kamloops Honda just delivered 75 food hampers to the Salvation Army, combined with the 75 that the charitable organization is putting together itself there will be plenty of food to go around.

However, monetary donations are down from last year.

"Statistically to last year we are about $10,000 behind at this same point. Those things can change within a week. We are just praying that the next 10 days will go well for us."

To volunteer you can call the Volunteer Coordinator at 250-819-0017.

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