Eileen Elligott, Treasurer for the Wetaskiwin Quilters Group, makes the first donation to the 2012 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign with Joyce Berger, President of the Quilters Group, and Salvation Army Major Terry Cook.
The first donation to the 2012 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Wetaskiwin was a cheque for $500 from the Wetaskiwin Quilters Group. Funds received by the Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign are used to support the Salvation Army Social Service work throughout the region which includes the Counties and Cities of Wetaskiwin, Leduc and Camrose, as well as Flagstaff County, the Four Bands at Hobbema, and the area out to Drayton Valley. Typically, this is the emergency aid which meets individual and family needs before or until longer term aid becomes available, help in accessing longer term aid, help bridging the gap between getting a job and receiving a pay check, or help with emergencies not otherwise eligible for assistance from other sources. It is ready help when it is really needed. The 2012 goal for the Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is $75,000.
The Wetaskiwin Quilters Group is happy to assist in kicking-off the Kettle Campaign this year. Formed in 1999, it has a history of donating quilts and/or funds to various charities. Their beautiful quilts have been given to Wetaskiwin Hospital Long Term Care, the Young Family Wellness program through the Wetaskiwin Community Health Centre, Habitat for Humanity, and others. Through a biennial quilt show and quilt raffle, they have raised funds for donation to such charities as the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, STARS Air Ambulance Services, Victim Services, Operation Christmas Child and others. The group meets twice monthly, except for July and August, in the meeting room downstairs at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. New members are always welcome. To learn more about the Quilters Group, you may call Eileen Elligott at 780-352-7436 or Marlene Olson at 780-352-9901.
The Salvation Army greatly appreciates the many businesses which welcome the kettles. The 2012 Wetaskiwin Kettle Campaign took place in the Wetaskiwin Walmart. As Christmas approaches, there will be more kettles in more locations in Wetaskiwin, Camrose and Leduc. This means that there are opportunities for giving money and/or time. It is policy to have volunteers with the kettles when they are open for donations, a most enjoyable way to help celebrate the Christmas season. Anyone wanting to help out may call Major Joanne Cook at 780-352-2416. The kettle stands have information about accessing electronic giving or information. The Salvation Army is very appreciative for the tremendous generosity of the people in this area, as are the many people who can be helped because of this generosity.