Grand Bank Salvation Army launches Christmas Kettle
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.”