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Salvation Army kettle drive starts up on the West Shore

Money and volunteers are needed
Captain David Hickman and volunteer coordinator Danielle Gaudett getting ready for its Christmas Kettle Campaign. (Photo submitted by the Salvation Army)

The Salvation Army Connection Point Church and Resource Centre is getting ready for a busy season of helping people on the West Shore.

Now that it’s getting cooler, Connection Point has opened its doors and become a safe place for people in our community to get away from the cold.

To welcome those in need, the centre now provides a warm meal and a hot drink for free on four afternoons a week, from Tuesday to Friday. On the West Shore, the number of people in need for this kind of program is rising day by day, as shown by the fact that 20 to 30 hot meals are delivered every day, often being the only source of warmth and food for people.

In addition, the Salvation Army has started accepting registrations for its Christmas Assistance Program, which will give food and toys to people and families who are having a hard time with money. Over 350 families on the West Shore have already asked for help through this program since October. Connection Point thinks that this number will continue to rise as families continue to struggle with the rising cost of living.

They are also getting ready to start their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. This is part of its goal to offer hope all year long and help hundreds of people and families during the Christmas season. The campaign’s big goal is to raise $85,000 on the West Shore by the end of 2023.

Support from the community is important for it to be able to keep doing this important job. There needs to be an army of volunteers working hard all winter to run a warming center, hand out food and toys during the holidays, and plan and carry out a successful Christmas Kettle fundraising drive.