Let the Kettles Overflow

Salvation Army Launches Christmas Kettle Campaign

The familiar tinkle of the Salvation Army Christmas bells will be heard far and wide as the annual Kettle Campaign fundraiser kicked off on Thursday, November 17-a campaign that, many years ago, grew out of a vision for a movement that would reach out to the disadvantaged in society.  Today, the tradition continues because of the kindness of people like Joanne and Terry Cook who stand beside the Kettle in Gord's No Frills grocery store, greeting and chatting with customers, and because of supporters like Pioneer Chrysler of Wetaskiwin and Wayne Shaw, who helped kick off the campaign with a $1,000 donation.
 “This is the Regional Christmas Kettle Campaign so it covers both Leduc and Wetaskiwin Counties and surrounding areas,” said the Cooks.
 
History of the Army
 Originally called The Christian Mission, the Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by Methodist minister, William Booth, and wife Catherine in London, England, as a Christian movement to assist those in need.  In 1878, the name was changed to Salvation Army, to reflect the increasingly military structure the movement had adopted.
 The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882 and by 1890 a Children's Shelter was opened and men's social work began with a Prison Gate Home in Toronto.  In 1898 St. John, New Brunswick saw the first Maternity home open, followed by the Salvation Army Grace Hospitals.  In the early 1900s, the Salvation Army proposed to the federal government that a prisoner probation system be adopted, which, indeed, led to Canada's first parole program.  In 1908 salvage work, what we now call recycling, was introduced and is still in operation today in the form of the well-known Salvation Army Thrift Stores.  The first Juvenile Detention Centre was established in Manitoba in 1911, and a farm colony established in Coombs, B.C. the same year.  In its first two decades alone, the social and structural benefits to society were tremendous, and over the years since, the pace of the Salvation Army has not slowed one bit.
 As innovators of social service programs and much more, the Salvation Army is now the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in over 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world;  providing assistance to children and families, shelter for the homeless,  food for the hungry, and most of all, hope.
 “$63,000 was raised in our region last year,” said Joanne.  “This really is for a great cause, and people are very generous,” said Terry, adding that the first plink of coins were dropped just moments after the Salvation Army Kettle was set up.
 Watch for the Salvation Army Kettles set up around the cities of Leduc and Wetaskiwin and outlying areas.  For more information, see website www.salvationarmy.ca.  

Bellow: Captain Terry Cook  of the Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin thanks Wayne Shaw of Pioneer Chrysler for Pioneer’s generous donation of $1000 to kick-off the annual Kettle Campaign.

More Stories:
  • The Old Car Detective Father and son with 1959 Cadillac hardtop     Jamal Salam of Mississauga, Ontario, owns an American icon, a 1959 Cadillac two-door hardtop with the biggest tailfins in town!  His Series 6337 Coupe de Ville came from Arizona ...
  • Why Annexation?     One of the questions that was asked at an Edmonton informational session last week has stuck in this reporters mind. The question was a simple one “What is the need to annex since the people remain the same regardless ...
  • Leduc Comp Advances     The Leduc Comp Badminton team finished league play on Tuesday, April 8th by hosting and defeating John Paul II from Fort Saskatchewan 5 sets to none and then Fort Saskatchewan 4 sets to 1. These victories ensured the ...
  • “We’ve a Lot of Work to Do”     Those were the words from Tim Brockelsby, a Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, at the conclusion of Edmonton’s second of five planned conversations with Leduc residents affected by Edmonton’s proposed annexation ...
  • Leduc Rural Crime Watch Award Cst. Mcfarlene, President Cor De Wit, Mayor Whaley.      The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has announced that the Leduc Rural Crime Watch Association has been awarded their 2013 Award for Excellence.      The award was established ...
  • 13,000 HOUR DONATION Executive Director, Petra Pfeiffer, thanks Jeannie Blakely on Appreciation evening. Whenever there is a crime or tragedy, there is a victim.           The word ‘victim’ does not adequately describe the complexity of circumstances ...
  • RURAL CRIME WATCH     The organization had been undergoing a serious decline in interest until the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 when the community experienced a rash of break-ins and thefts. Membership spiked and with increased monitoring ...
  • LUTZ, Leona     With sadness we announce the passing of Leona Lutz on April 6, 2014.  She will be missed by son Lary, daughter Annette, sisters-in-law Anne Knull, Irene Knull, Ella Meyers, Ruth Lutz and Lily Riehl as well as many nieces, ...
  • Wetaskiwin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot shows the ribbon shirt which was given to him by Laron Northwest on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation and Maskwacis.     Wetaskiwin's 23rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at ...
  • Kids Making a Difference The 19th annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program for Wetaskiwin and area was held at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum the evening of April 7th.  This is a program to recognize the good kids who are making a positive difference ...
  • Leduc City Citizens of Distinction     Annual ceremony hosted during Leduc’s Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.     The City of Leduc is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Citizens of Distinction Awards: Brianna Day  Athletic Achievement ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Beef Club     Our club has been keeping busy. In February we had our beef supper on valentines day with a great turn out. On the 15th our club attended the Red Deer Rebels game. We also had Public speaking on the 28th. All members ...
  • Council Notes From All Over CITY OF WETASKIWIN COUNCIL Barry McDonald     Wetaskiwin City Council invites the public to attend their regular meetings in Council Chambers (4705 - 50 Ave). The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. ...
  • kickin’ back with the funnies
  • Editorial Comment Concerning School Closures     As some of you are most likely aware, our school division has recently faced some adversity, much of which has been attributed to a—now recovering—decline in enrollment. As a measure to maintain equitable services for ...
  • Spring Fling Mercedez Swallow creates a spotted puppy at the Spring Fling trade fair in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.      Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce hosts new features - Hosting successful events has challenges. But observing a steady ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia