Red Kettle counts down compared to last year

More donations, volunteers needed.

  • Dec. 12, 2016 11:00 a.m.

More donations are needed

Red Kettle Campaign contributions are down this year, according to the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries.

The Salvation Army raises 80 per cent of its annual fundraising needs from the middle of November to Christmas Eve with the annual Red Kettle Campaign, which began on Nov. 18.

As of Monday, it had raised just over $32,000.

With a little over two weeks to go before Christmas, organizers are concerned that, with a goal of $100,000, fundraising dollars are going to fall short this year.

Traditionally, at this point in the Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is about $10,000 ahead of where it is now.

“Kettle funds are essential for us to continue to offer our community the meals, assistance and support needed,” said Salvation Army executive director Darrell Pilgrim. “But I’m confident our community will fill this need once again.”

Financial donations are paramount, but bellringers to collect at kettles are also needed.

More than 750 volunteer hours left to be filled before Christmas Eve.

Kettle shifts are two hours and can be at any one of the 12 bellringing locations from east Maple Ridge to Pitt Meadows.

• Sign up by emailing, or call 604-463-8296, ext. 104. Make financial donations online at


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