Grand Bank Sal­va­tion Army launches Christ­mas Ket­tle

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

The of­fi­cial launch of the Sal­va­tion Army’s an­nual Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign in Grand Bank took place Nov. 30 at Food­land.

Food­land’s owner/ op­er­a­tor Roger Brooks and Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews joined mem­bers of the church’s Com­mu­ni­ties Care Min­istries ( CCM) to kick off this year’s ini­tia­tive.

Ma­jor Phyl­lis Blundell- Col­bourne ex­plained the Burin Penin­sula Min­is­te­rial ( South­ern Di­vi­sion) con­sist­ing of churches in Grand Bank, For­tune and the La­ma­line area uses a por­tion of the funds col­lected to help with the Christ­mas ham­per drive.

“As we can all ap­pre­ci­ate, it’s al­ways im­por­tant that a child have a turkey dinner and toys un­der the tree on Christ­mas Day,” she said. “That is some­thing that should be avail­able to ev­ery child, re­gard­less of cir­cum­stances and so­cial sta­tus.”

Blundell- Col­bourne added that the Christ­mas Ket­tle is pre­dom­i­nately about help­ing the needy re­gard­less of their cir­cum­stances.

“Every­one de­serves to be re­spected and every­one de­serves to have dig­nity,” The Ma­jor ex­plained. “The Sal­va­tion Army at­tempts to do that through­out the year for those who fall on hard times.

“Some of the monies will send kids to camp this year who or­di­nar­ily would not be able to af­ford to get to camp. Our monies will also be used to help fam­i­lies that find at the end of the month they run out of their money. They come and we can help them in one way or an­other.”

Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews showed the town’s sup­port of the cam­paign by pre­sent­ing a do­na­tion to Mayor Blundell- Col­bourne on be­half of the cit­i­zens of the com­mu­nity.

Brooks in­di­cated they ( Sobeys— now Food­land) have been sup­port­ing this ini­tia­tive on an an­nual ba­sis for many years.

“This cam­paign is very im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity,” he said. “We cer­tainly sup­port it and will do what­ever we can to help out with their needs over the Christ­mas sea­son.”

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