Sal­va­tion Army gears up for Christ­mas sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Krystin McHugh

The Christ­mas sea­son is just around the cor­ner and The Sal­va­tion Army is look­ing for­ward to their up­com­ing Christ­mas events.

The Sal­va­tion Army of­fers many ways to give and pro­vides many op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in the com­mu­nity who want to give back to lo­cal fam­i­lies dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Janessa McAu­ley, Com­mu­nity and Fam­ily Ser­vices worker at the Drumheller Sal­va­tion Army said, “Coats for Kids is still hap­pen­ing. We are still hand­ing out coats dur­ing food bank hours for all ages, in­clud­ing adults. Food bank hours are Tues­day and Thurs­day from 1:00 til 4:00. Our Red Bag Food Drive will be kick­ing off the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.”

Bags will ar­rive in mail­boxes at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber. The bags can be filled with non per­ish­able foods. These bags are to be left on the front step of peo­ple’s homes for pick on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24. Each bag will con­tain bag la­bels that have

more in­for­ma­tion about the event and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties listed for sort­ing the do­na­tions.

Christ­mas is a very busy time for The Sal­va­tion Army and they are re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to help with some of the events spread out over Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. The Sal­va­tion Army’s big­gest event is the Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive. There will be lo­ca­tions set up at Fre­son Bros, Ex­tra Foods, Co-op, and Wal­mart.

McAu­ley said, “We are look­ing for vol­un­teers to fill ket­tle shifts. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to get out and give back dur­ing the sea­son or for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in spread­ing cheer to the com­mu­nity.”

The Christ­mas Ket­tle kick off will be Novem­ber 25 at 10 a.m. at the Greentree Mall by the big Christ­mas tree.

Another im­por­tant part of the Christ­mas sea­son for The Sal­va­tion Army is Christ­mas food ham­pers, that also in­cludes the toy pro­gram.

“If peo­ple are need­ing a lit­tle ex­tra help dur­ing the sea­son they can reg­is­ter for a Christ­mas ham­per. If peo­ple want to do­nate food to the Christ­mas ham­per pro­gram, they can drop off non per­ish- able food items at the bins in lo­cal gro­cery stores and can la­bel it for Christ­mas ham­pers. Toy do­na­tions can be de­liv­ered to the thrift store but need to be spec­i­fied that it’s for Christ­mas and not a store do- nation. Gift cards to places like Wal­mart are fan­tas­tic as they help us fill the spe­cific wish lists of chil­dren re­ceiv­ing toys through The Sal­va­tion Army.” McAu­ley said.

Cap­tain Jen­nifer Hil­lier said, “Where we al­ways find gaps at Christ­mas time is gifts for teenagers. Peo­ple tend to give gifts for chil­dren and we don’t get much for teenagers. Last year we found a need for art kits and a lot of re­quests for video games. Be­cause video games are so ex­pen­sive, we are ask­ing for gift cards to give so that it can be put to­wards the games the teens want.”

When peo­ple sign up for their Christ­mas Ham­pers they are able to fill out a Christ­mas wish list to in­clude spe­cific things the chil­dren are hop­ing for. This en­ables The Sal­va­tion Army the chance to place de­sired gifts in the right homes. To sign up for a Ham­per call 403-823-2215 to set up a date and time to reg­is­ter dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion week, which runs from Novem­ber 14 - 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion on what The Sal­va­tion Army of­fers and what items are needed for the food bank visit the web­site drumsa.org.

Com­mu­nity and Fam­ily Ser­vices worker, Je­nessa McAu­ley, gets the Ket­tles ready for the Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive.

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