Salvation Army launches Red Kettle campaign: DSB donates SRD 10,000
De Surinaamsche Bank (DSB) reportedly donated SRD 10,000 to the Red Kettle campaign which was recently launched by the Salvation Army. The donation of the DSB Bank signaled the start of the annual campaign. Mayor Vilece Thomas from the Christian organization applauded the support of the bank and pointed out that he also expects the support of the people despite the difficult situation in the country.
“The biggest source of help is not money but mankind because when people unite nothing is impossible,” said Thomas who added that he does not deem the campaign as a challenge. “Things are not going well financially but progress can be made with love and understanding. By uniting and being thrifty with the things that God gave to us we can life easier.” Thomas expects more people to request a Christmas parcel this year because of the current situation. The Salvation Army usually helps 10,000 people per year: 3,000 during Christmas and 7,000 throughout the whole year. He pointed out that every week a growing number of people come knocking for help. In order to help as many as possible Thomas hopes to collect SRD 300,000. Last year the Salvation Army hauled in SRD 150,000 in cash and SRD 25,000 worth of goods or services. The money that is donated is deposited into the organization’s bank account every day. The Christmas parcels will be distributed in the third week of December. The Red Kettle campaign is being organized in Suriname for the 92nd time. The Red Kettle campaign in the Nickerie District will be launched on Saturday.