SAL­VA­TION ARMY KICKS OFF ITS 2014 KET­TLE DRIVE

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Sal­va­tion Army has launched its 2014 Ket­tle Drive. The Sal­va­tion Army's Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive is an an­nual ini­tia­tive of the Sal­va­tion Army aimed at fos­ter­ing the spirit of giv­ing dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. Each year the ket­tles are sit­u­ated in pop­u­lated lo­ca­tions through­out St. Lu­cia and are char­ac­terised by the merry ring­ing of a bell to call at­ten­tion to passers-by. Pub­lic do­na­tions and funds are col­lected in support of the Sal­va­tion Army's ef­forts dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

The ket­tle bell tra­di­tion dates back to 1891 and is en­tirely de­pen­dent on the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, coun­sel­ing, food, cloth­ing, toys, and shel­ter for less for­tu­nate per­sons year round. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, the Mayor of Castries City, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CIBC FirstCaribbean and the gen­eral pub­lic were in attendance dur­ing the launch of this year's Ket­tle ap­peal.

This Christ­mas sea­son the Sal­va­tion Army is ex­pected to make an im­pact on the lives of over two hun­dred per­sons through the pro­vi­sion for food and food­ham­pers. Cap­tain Dwayne Broome of the Sal­va­tion Army ex­pressed the goals of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for the sea­son stat­ing, "Our tar­get this year is to de­liver over 550 food-ham­pers to the less for­tu­nate through­out St. Lu­cia, and the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion is on board to as­sist in our ef­forts of reach­ing per­sons in the most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties”. The Sal­va­tion Army also hosts a weekly feed­ing pro­gramme which will be on­go­ing dur­ing the sea­son. CIBC FirstCaribbean, no stranger to pro­vid­ing support to the Sal­va­tion Army through its Adopt-a-Cause Pro­gramme, has stepped up as a cor­po­rate sup­porter of this year's Ket­tle Drive. The Sal­va­tion Army thanks CIBC FirstCaribbean for step­ping up as an of­fi­cial part­ner this year.

For in­for­ma­tion on how you can support or vol­un­teer with the Sal­va­tion Army please con­tact Cap­tain Dwayne Broome at 452-3108, sacas­tries@ya­hoo. com or at our of­fice at 12-14 High Street Castries.

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