Salvation Army ahead of the game

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Hoisted by mother Danee Burnie, Shiylee Chelsey, 3, slides a bill into a Salvation Army kettle at the Gateway Mall on Wednesday, nudging the organization closer to their final goal.

Charitable enthusiasm has pushed the Prince Albert Salvation Army’s kettle campaign more than $5,000 above what they anticipated 11 days in.

 

“Things are progressing really, really well,” Maj. Glenn Patey said. “We’re thankful for the support we’re getting from the city.”

By Tuesday the Salvation Army reached the $37,000 mark, Patey said on Wednesday, adding that their total goal will be $120,000 by Dec. 24, with “every penny” of the money they raise staying in Prince Albert.

Money they raise is not only for feeding and clothing Prince Albert’s less fortunate, Patey said, noting that “the need in Prince Albert is changing.”

“We’re finding that the need is changing in that people want,” he said. “They just don’t want help at Christmas time, they want to get back on their feet, they want to try and make life work.

“They’re not looking just for a (food) hamper, they’re looking for counselling, they’re looking for support for parenting and things like that.”

The money the Salvation Army raises this month will go toward providing these services throughout the year, Patey said.

But, Salvation Army’s history dictate that fundraising take place in December, he said.

We’re finding that the need is changing in that people want ... They just don’t want help at Christmas time, they want to get back on their feet, they want to try and make life work. Maj. Glenn Patey

“When (the kettle campaign) started out a few years ago, back in the ’20s, it was an effort to help out many families in the aftermath of World War I, and then it grew out of that, with a continuation to carry on and help out, just not in Christmas but year-round,” he said.

“Prior to that, in England, where the Salvation Army started 150 years go, they would go out and bring Christmas puddings to families, and then from there grew the Christmas kettle program and was actually started with a pot -- a boiling pot -- in San Francisco back in the ’20s.”

Volunteers will continue to shake jingle bells next to traditional Salvation Army boiling pots at various businesses throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, minus Sundays, until Dec. 24.

The Daily Herald will update readers with their fundraising total throughout the month. 

Organizations: Salvation Army, Prince Albert, Daily Herald

Geographic location: England, San Francisco

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