Sal­va­tion Army kicks off Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAVE MATHIESON

AMHERST - The year 1891 was the year of Springhill’s first min­ing dis­as­ter, the year James Nai­smith in­vented bas­ket­ball and the year Miche­lin patented the re­mov­able pneu­matic bi­cy­cle tire.

It was also the first year the Sal­va­tion Army held a Ket­tle Cam­paign, which was started in San Francisco by Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain Joseph McFee to pro­vide a free Christ­mas din­ner for the poor peo­ple of San Francisco.

The tra­di­tion con­tin­ued with the Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign kick­off Satur­day at Amherst Cen­tre Mall.

“We hope we make $42,000 again this year,” said Chad In­gram, Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain. “That’s what we made last year, and the econ­omy wasn’t the great­est, so it shows the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple in Cum­ber­land County.”

Ket­tles are be­ing manned full time at Wal­mart and the Su­per­store in Amherst, and part time at the Amherst Cen­tre Mall and Gi­ant Tiger.

They will also be set up in Springhill at Food­land, Phar­masave and the liquor store.

“We usu­ally go to the Co-op in Pug­wash but we’re hav­ing trou­ble get­ting vol­un­teers, so we can’t con­firm if well be there yet,” said In­gram.

Karen Mor­ris is the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor.

She started vol­un­teer­ing with the lo­cal Ket­tle Cam­paign in 2011, and she’s now a mem­ber of the Sal­va­tion Army and leads the Wed­nes­day night youth group in Springhill.

“I was pretty down and out when I started com­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army and I walked in the door and Sergeant Ma­jor Mary Ann (Varner) was stand­ing there and she was so wel­com­ing and warm,” said Mor­ris. “She didn’t even know me and in­vited me in. I’ve been there ever since and it re­ally helped me a lot in my own life to put things in per­spec­tive. I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son now than I was then. I de­cided I could stand for two hours as a way of thanks. It’s very, very re­ward- ing.”

The Ket­tle Cam­paign is the Sal­va­tion Army’s big­gest fundraiser.

“We set a bud­get for as­sis­tance and ev­ery year we go over bud­get, so the need is great,” said In­gram.

The money helps with projects through­out the year.

“Whether it’s a sin­gle mom need­ing help get­ting stuff for her kids go­ing to school or some- body who needs a pair of work boots, we try to help peo­ple who are stuck, like fam­i­lies that are cold in the win­ter time or peo­ple in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions such as a fire,” said In­gram.

Vol­un­teers are al­ways wel­come, and In­gram says peo­ple vol­un­teer for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

“Some peo­ple like to watch the hus­tle and bus­tle of Christ­mas and be a part of it,” he said. “Some vol­un­teers do it to support the Sal­va­tion Army and some peo­ple do it be­cause they like the so­cial as­pect.

“I would en­cour­age any­one to come out to stand for one two-hour shift. If they like it they can come out for more and if they don’t like it we thank them for their shift.”

Any­body who would like to vol­un­teer for the cam­paign can call Karen Mor­ris at 902-6648338, call the Sal­va­tion Army in Springhill at 902-597-3954, or call their Thrift Stores at 902597-2130 or 902-667-5882.


Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Chad In­gram and Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor Karen Mor­ris kicked of the 2014 Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign Satur­day at Amherst Cen­tre Mall.

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