Sal­va­tion Army sets Swift Cur­rent Christ­mas Cam­paign goal at $175,000

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON

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.

(South­west Booster photo)

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.

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