With just over a month having elapsed since the launch of the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle initiative, the organisation has issued a plea for more volunteers to assist.
Major Raymon Pierre made the appeal on Wednesday.
He noted while many people are willing to make donations, there are not enough people available to man the signature red Christmas kettles.
“We still need more help. For instance, today, we have two stations that do not have anyone to man them as the person scheduled to do so fell ill. Plus, we have another location that hardly has anybody as we don’t have enough volunteers.
“So, we are hoping that we get some more persons, whether students or teachers, if they are willing to volunteer for one hour, two or even three hours. We will appreciate it,” Major Pierre said.
As of 3rd December, the organisation has been able to raise $82,680.13, an encouraging leap towards the 2022 goal of $160,000.00.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic the Salvation Army was able to exceed its goal by $40,000.00 to reach EC$200,000.00 in donations.
The annual Christmas Kettle drive is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraising event of the year.
It was launched on 11th November at Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy, where one of many kettles are stationed.
Kettles are also located at Epicurean Fine Foods in Jolly Harbour, the Perry Bay Supermarket, First Choice Supermarket, Shoul’s Chief Store, Shoul’s Toys, Gifts and Housewares, Chase Distributors and Cost Pro Supermarket.
The Salvation Army can also be contacted at 462-0115 or visited at 36 Long Street to make donations.