The Salvation Army’s Smiths Falls Christmas Kettle Campaign is in full swing, but there are still openings for more volunteers.
Major Gerald Reilly told Smiths Falls town councillors at a Nov. 20 meeting that the campaign will consist for 1,250 volunteer hours spanning 625 shifts manning kettles in six locations.
Kettles in Smiths Falls are located at Andress Your Independent Grocer, Food Basics, Walmart, the LCBO, Giant Tiger, Canadian Tire and the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
“We can only do what we do through the kindness and generosity of individuals and businesses in our community,” said Reilly.
Reilly reported that last year 340 local families received Christmas hampers while 338 children received toys. The total value of food, toys and clothing distributed in Smiths Falls came to $64,350.
“This assistance is given regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation,” said Reilly.
Already this year the Salvation Army locally has raised $7,540 through a recent “Sounds of Christmas” fundraising concert.
The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is an international religious and charitable movement organized and operated in a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the Christian church.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the kettle campaign may call 613-283-3563.