Salvation Army sets Swift Current Christmas Campaign goal at $175,000
The generosity of Swift Current residents is again being called on as the Salvation Army in Swift Current aims to raise $175,000 this Christmas season.
The Salvation Army kicked off their 101st annual Christmas Campaign at All Saints Catholic School this morning, unveiling their $175,000 campaign target during an inspiring launch event. School students performed a series of songs along with making a series of donations generated from student-led and student-driven ideas. There were also a pair of video presentations sharing the methods and reasons for their inspiring efforts.
“It was really quite a powerful and inspirational kickoff to start our Christmas campaign this year,” said Captain Michael Ramsay from the Salvation Army. “The students were sharing how they give in the community, and initiatives that they’ve started.”
Capt. Ramsay said the effort from the students shows even small acts add up to have a big impact.
“Every little bit helps, and no little bit is too little. And as we each contribute what we can, then it goes so far, and it can help so many people.”
This year’s campaign again aims to generate the yearly operating funds to provide a wide range of pro- gramming through the Salvation Army. They provide a series of support groups, family activities, and other supports through a variety of programs and services. The campaign is also important in
“That total is really what we need to provide assistance to those in need in our community. But because our community is so generous, and because everyone has in their heart the same feelings and the same generosity as those kids put forth today, I have no doubt that we’ll meet and even surpass that goal and be able to provide a hope for everyone in need in our community this Christmas season.”
Capt. Ramsay sees the opportunity to help meet the needs of the community as a privilege.
“Wherever there’s a need around our community here, we really do our best to try and be able to address that need and to work with a community that’s as generous as this to give hope to everyone in need.”
“This is the most amazing community that I think I’ve ever seen, lived in, served in, as far as their willingness to actually pitch in and help out wherever they see a need in the community.”
There is also a long list of opportunities for people to lend their support to the Salvation Army this Christmas season.
“We see people come out to the Holiday Train, we see people come out to the Teddy Bear Toss, we see people come out to all these events in this Christmas season to really contribute and give to those who are really in need at this time of year. I am just so thankful. It’s such a blessing to serve in this community.”
A full list of Swift Current/Salvation Army Christmas dates includes: Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Light Parade - Nov. 28 Christmas Hamper Registration: Nov. 24 to 27 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Christmas Hamper Registration: Dec. 1 to 4 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Holiday Train - Dec. 6, 11:20 a.m. Teddy Bear, Toque and Mitt Toss at the Broncos - Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Hutterite Appreciation Day - Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. Christmas Concert at The Salvation Army - Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Party with the Broncos - Dec. 14 Special Hamper distribution (with ticket) - Dec. 16 – 17. Sundrops Concert (Sky Center), Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Regular Hamper Distribution (with ticket) - Dec. 18. Sundrops Concert - Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service - Dec. 24. Christmas Day Service - Dec. 25, 1 p.m. Community Christmas Dinner - Dec. 25, 2 p.m. If you would like to help them ring the kettle bells, call Delores at 306-741-2206.
For more information, call The Salvation Army at 306-778-0515.
A special campaign kick off was hosted at All Saints Catholic School on Nov. 21 when the Swift Current Salvation Army announced their 101st annual Christmas Campaign target of $175,000.