Xmas kettles need helpers

Christmas drive helps Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Brian Brown

The Salvation Army needs more volunteers for their Christmas Kettle campaign.

Right now they have around 50 volunteers but need around 150.

“We have about 2,000 hours still to fill,” said executive director Darrell Pilgrim.

Volunteers do two-hour shifts anywhere from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, until Christmas eve.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles will be spread out at 12 locations throughout Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

One hundred per cent of the money collected from the kettle campaign stays within the community, with a majority of the funds going towards the Salvation Army’s community meal program.

Right now, lunch is served every day of the week except for Tuesdays and Thursdays, when dinner is served.

“By the end of this year we’ll have served about 70,000 meals in that program,” said Pilgrim, adding that more than 500 individuals are supported through that program throughout the year.

People who depend on the community meal program include families, seniors and people who are working but finding it hard making ends meet.

“We are seeing an increase in seniors,” said Pilgrim.w

The goal of the kettle campaign this year is $100,000. To volunteer, contact Jennifer at 604-463-8296, ext. 104. or email bellringer@saridgemeadows.com.

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