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Christmas Kettle Hit with Theft

Christmas Kettle Hit with Theft

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  December 14, 2020  (LSN)     During this time of year, the generosity of thousands of Canadians is shown in their daily giving to The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign so that The Salvation Army can support children and families through Christmas and in the next year.

At the same time, it is so sad that an individual would seek to harm or try to take away the kindness from so many who give. On Friday, someone stole one of the Kettle stands and ran off with it taking the funds collected in the bubble.  Although, we have did what was possible to reduce the risk of thefts, the thief managed to take the funds.  We are so thankful that nobody was physically injured! Unfortunately, this means a loss of between $300 and $500 for the campaign.

With 2 weeks left in the Christmas Kettle campaign, about $102,500 is needed to reach our goal of $220,000.  We are encouraging the community to continue to support the kettles and are confident that the generous people of Thunder Bay will come through for us, as always.  We are extremely thankful for each and every person who gives what they can so that their neighbor can receive the assistance they need.

The kettles are staffed 100% by volunteers. Many volunteers have been out staffing the kettles already – individuals, businesses, hockey teams, service clubs, and other groups.  There are still a number of shifts left to fill. We are especially in need of volunteers for the Dawson LCBO, Thunder Centre LCBO, Arthur LCBO and Walmart Memorial. This is a great way get volunteer hours for students and employees of businesses that encourage volunteering. It is a fun family activity to celebrate the season that can become a family tradition.  Have fun with it – dress in your ugly Christmas sweater, wear a Santa hat or other festive clothing.  Anyone interested can call 345-6492.

Community members are starting to donate through the new Tiptap machines.  Donors can make contactless gifts in increments of $5 by tapping with their debit/credit cards with the option to tap up to 10 times to increase their donation if desired.  Tiptaps are at Superstore, Intercity Shopping Centre, Walmart – Arthur St., Walmart  - County Fair, and Walmart – Memorial Ave. 

“Although we are saddened by the theft, we are thankful that no one was hurt.  As a Christian organization, we don’t hold ill feelings towards the person responsible for this crime but we do hope that he changes from this path of self-destruction,” said Gary Ferguson, The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services, Executive Director.   “We are grateful for the generous people of Thunder Bay who support the campaign and are confident that we will reach our goal.”

There are many people and businesses who are contributing to the campaign. We would acknowledge Half-way Motors Nissan for providing the use of a vehicle for the campaign, Mastrangelo Fuels for donating fuel for the vehicle, and Tbaytel for the use of a phone for our kettle coordinator.

We are most thankful to the businesses that welcome the kettles at their establishments. Donations to the Kettle campaign will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on December 24th at the following locations: Superstore, Intercity Shopping Centre, Grandview Mall, Walmart County Fair, Walmart Memorial Ave., Walmart Arthur St. Marketplace, and the LCBO’s at Arthur St., Thunder Centre, and Dawson Rd.

Supporters can host their own Kettle and collect donations online or make a donation through the on-line kettle at: All donations from this area will be directed to the Thunder Bay kettle campaign.  Alternatively, donations can be made by calling 345-6492 or mailed to The Salvation Army, 545 Cumberland St. N., Thunder Bay, ON  P7A 4S2. 

The Salvation Army appreciates the support we receive from the community and is confident that our objective will be reached.



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