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.

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