Early set up for red ket­tles

Sal­va­tion Army seeks do­na­tions to help those in need

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD & AREA - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

Of­fi­cials with the Glace Bay Sal­va­tion Army say the an­nual red ket­tle cam­paign will start six days early this year.

Ket­tles will be placed in three lo­ca­tions as of Nov. 23 to give the Sal­va­tion Army more time to meet its goal.

“We al­ways help be­tween 400-500 at Christ­mas,” said Sgt.-Maj. Fred Court­ney. “How­ever the ket­tle funds are not just for Christ­mas but all year­long. It’s 365 days a year. Peo­ple come in for help al­most ev­ery day.”

As of Nov. 23, ket­tles will be set up Food­land, Sobeys and Har­bax Home Hard­ware in Glace Bay and be­gin­ning Dec. 1, ket­tles will also be placed at At­lantic Su­pers­tore, the Glace Bay liquor store and the Ster­ling Mall.

Court­ney said it’s pub­lic sup­port that en­ables the Sal­va­tion Army to help those in need and those with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

In 2015, the Sal­va­tion Army

raised $72,000 in Glace Bay and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties and last year $70,000 was do­nated. This year’s goal is also $70,000.

Court­ney said he be­lieves the amount raised is a re­sult of the pub­lic’s re­spect for the work they do.

“What the com­mu­nity gives us, we give back.”

This year there are nearly 140 vol­un­teers ready to as­sist with the ket­tles. More vol­un­teers are wel­come and to vol­un­teer con­tact Court­ney at 902-5658288.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Sgt.-Maj. Fred Court­ney of the Glace Bay Sal­va­tion Army pre­pares ket­tles for the up­com­ing red ket­tle cam­paign.

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