Sal­va­tion Army con­tin­ues busy Christ­mas Cam­paign sea­son

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The Sal­va­tion Army in Swift Cur­rent is busily work­ing in the com­mu­nity and be­hind the scenes dur­ing their

Their ef­forts were saluted at the Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil meet­ing on De­cem­ber 3 when Coun­cil pro­claimed the week of De­cem­ber 2 to 8 as Sal­va­tion Army Week - Giv­ing Hope To­day.

Ma­jor Don Grad from the Swift Cur­rent Sal­va­tion Army said they are now right in the midst of their most hec­tic time of year.

“From here to the next cou­ple of weeks is a lot of be­hind the scenes ac­tiv­ity. Get­ting things ready, get­ting the food ready to be packed. We have an amaz­ing group of vol­un­teers that help us with that.”

As of Mon­day, he noted the Sal­va­tion Army had col­lected $51,807 dur­ing their Christ­mas Cam­paign, rais­ing 24 per cent of their $220,000 cam­paign goal.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing point to be at this point in our cam­paign. These funds help our Food Bank all year long as well as the Christ­mas sea­son.”

He said this is an av­er­age start to their cam­paign, but they do have some larger dona­tions up­com­ing and as the month goes on their Ket­tle Cam­paign builds mo­men­tum.

“To be at 24 per cent right now, it feels pretty good. Swift Cur­rent is a com­mu­nity that gives us so much sup­port.”

Ma­jor Grad noted that they do need as­sis­tance in find­ing vol­un­teers to work at the cam­paign ket­tles dur­ing the rest of the month. If any­one would like to vol­un­teer for a two hour shift, they can call Ar­lene at 306-741-1714, or leave your name at the Sal­va­tion Army of­fice at 306-778-0515.

He re­ported that the Teddy Bear Toss at the De­cem­ber 1 Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos game re­sulted in a do­na­tion of 725 teddy bears, along with 435 hats, toques and mitts.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing gifts for chil­dren dur­ing Christ­mas, some of these items de­liv­ered to The Mead­ows, some are dis­trib­uted dur­ing their Christ­mas meal. Some of the teddy bears and toques and mitts which are not dis­trib­uted at Christ­mas will be shared with the South­west New­comer Wel­come Cen­tre.

Ma­jor Grad was also ex­cited for the ar­rival of the CP Hol­i­day Train tonight, the first time in over a decade the train has made an evening ap­pear­ance in Swift Cur­rent. The train ar­rives at 8:15 p.m. and a 30 minute con­cert fea­tur­ing Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott will be­gin at 8:30 p.m. Vis­i­tors view­ing the train are in­vited to bring a non-per­ish­able food do­na­tion for the Food Bank.

“This is the big time of year for our fundrais­ing, but of course year round Swift Cur­rent is very gen­er­ous,” he added while say­ing thank you to the com­mu­nity.

Mayor De­nis Per­rault and Ma­jor Don Grad raise the Sal­va­tion Army flag at City Hall.

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