Early set up for red kettles
Salvation Army seeks donations to help those in need
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.
Sgt.-Maj. Fred Courtney of the Glace Bay Salvation Army prepares kettles for the upcoming red kettle campaign.