November 18th marked The Salvation Army’s 2021 Burlington Christmas Kettle kickoff, launched at Mapleview Centre.
“We are so thankful that Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Councillor Kelvin Galbraith were able to come out and support the launch,” remarked the Salvation Army’s Heather Crossing. “The Burlington Christmas Kettle Campaign supports the city’s Community Centre programs all year round.”
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness. In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.
As mentioned in the briefs by Mayor Meed Ward and Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith, the Army’s Burlington target this year is to raise $330,000. They ask that Burlington dig deep with their donations as the money collected is needed for Christmas toys, food hampers and much more. Both the Mayor and Councillor Galbraith were among the first to donate at the kickoff.
Due to the pandemic, the transition to a cash-lite society has accelerated, impacting everything from tip jars to charity donations. At the kettles, Canadians will see a pre-set amount to donate $5 with an option to tap up to 10 times on the same unit to increase their donation if desired. Cash donations are still welcomed.
The Salvation Army would like you to know that they can’t reach their goal without you! If you have free time in the days ahead before Christmas and would like to help with collecting (2 hour shifts available) please contact the Kettle Assistant directly at 905-962-2800 or email Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org or the Kettle Team at email@example.com to serve at one of 13 Burlington Kettle locations.
Article by Leslie Styles