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OPG Boosts Christmas Kettles

OPG Boosts Christmas Kettles

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~   December 11, 2020  (LSN)   – OPG’s donation of $6,000 to the kettles has significantly boosted the campaign.  With just under three weeks left in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign, $80,696 has been raised to date leaving about $139,000 needed to reach our goal of $220,000.    

The community is encouraged to continue to support the kettles and we are confident that the generous people of Thunder Bay will come through for us, as always.

Giving Tuesday further bolstered the campaign with almost $7,000 raised that day.  This is not possible without the strong support from the community both with the dollars contributed but also the time that is given staffing the kettles.  We are thankful to have this support from our community.

This year, in the pandemic, we were pleased to introduce a new touchless digital giving option to safely donate at the kettles.  Five of our Thunder Bay kettles have been outfitted with tiptap machines that allow donors to “tap to give” using credit/debit cards or smartphones to make a contactless donation on the spot.  The tiptap machines are pre-set at $5.00 to donate 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. 
We do need volunteers to staff the kettles.  With a number of our regular volunteers choosing not to help this year due to COVID, we are looking for people to staff the kettles especially daytime during the week.  Walmart – Memorial and the LCBO’s at Arthur St., County Fair, and Thunder Centre are the locations with the most openings.  The LCBO locations are outside, so we are looking for people who like the great outdoors.   Anyone interested can call 345-6492.

Safety protocols have been established in consultation with the Thunder Bay District Unit to ensure the safety of our volunteers and donors.  These include wearing masks, and disinfecting high touch surfaces, and physical distancing.

The kettle funds help with Christmas needs but they are especially important to ensure that we are able to meet the needs throughout the coming year. Demands continue for our services such as the soup van that feeds an average of 100 people per night, our school breakfast program, or the food bank that provides hampers to families and individuals with limited financial resources.

“The pandemic has made this a very challenging year for many people in our community.  We are grateful for generosity of so many who show they care with their gifts to the kettles.  Together, we are helping people in Thunder Bay not only at Christmas but also through the coming year,” said Gary Ferguson, The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services, Executive Director

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: www.fillthekettle.com. All donations from this area will be directed to the Thunder Bay kettle campaign). Alternatively, donations can be made by calling 345-6492 or mailing a donation to The Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre, 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. Thank you for informing the public of the campaign results to date and encouragement to help us reach our goal

 

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About The Salvation Army Canada

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army Canada gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in more than 130 countries around the world. Its community and social service activities include: hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those needing housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with substance-use disorder; long-term and palliative care; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps, and school nutrition programs for children and youth; and life-skills classes such as budgeting, cooking for a family, and anger management. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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