The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As part of an an­nual ini­tia­tive, CIBC First­Caribbean has do­nated $5,000 to sup­port the Sal­va­tion Army’s Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive. Ev­ery year dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son vol­un­teers and employees sing Christ­mas carols or ring bells en­cour­ag­ing passersby to do­nate cash in the red ket­tles. The Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive as­sists de­prived fam­i­lies dur­ing the sea­son by pro­vid­ing food ham­pers, cloth­ing, shel­ter and coun­sel­ing.

Cap­tain Dwayne Broome of the Sal­va­tion Army stated that, “While the drive typ­i­cally takes place dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son, sup­port of the Sal­va­tion Army as­sists fam­i­lies through­out the year. We want to ap­plaud CIBC First­Caribbean on its ef­forts to con­sis­tently sup­port and bet­ter the lives of fam­i­lies in our com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. This year, the Sal­va­tion Army has placed greater fo­cus on en­sur­ing that chil­dren of less ad­van­taged fam­i­lies have a won­der­ful Christ­mas and we are pleased to part­ner with CIBC First­Caribbean to make this hap­pen.”

Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa James-Wil­liams ex­pressed how im­por­tant it is to con­trib­ute and pro­vide as­sis­tance to wor­thy causes that as­sist mem­bers within the com­mu­nity. “CIBC First­Caribbean is here for what mat­ters and for us, serv­ing the needs of Saint Lucia and in par­tic­u­lar the el­derly and less for­tu­nate is of para­mount im­por­tance. Our re­la­tion­ship with the Sal­va­tion Army is well over 100 years and we are happy to once again pro­vide sup­port and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the re­la­tion­ship many years to come.”

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign has raised funds for a num­ber of years to meet its de­mand for ser­vices and items at this time of year, and has grown into a rec­og­niz­able fea­ture of the Christ­mas sea­son.

Coun­try Man­ager Ladesa James-Wil­liams (ieft) with Cap­tain Dwayne Broome of the Sal­va­tion Army.

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