“It allows us to operate our food bank, pay our employees, keep the hydro running… just running the Salvation Army,” Vaderheyden said.
All of the donations received stay in-town and are used to help with local funding.
The kettles will be out November 25 – December 24 and available at a variety of local shops, including many grocery stores.
The fundraising goal for this year is $200,000, and according to Vaderheyden, this is not only a common goal among the Salvation Army community, but also more probable for the local chapter given the time spent in town.
“In the first year, people are trying to see who you are and what you’re doing… I believe they are staring to see that we are who we say we are, and I believe this year will be good; I believe this year we will reach our goal.”
Last year, the Fort St. John Salvation Army managed to raise $135,000.
Vanderheyden concludes by affirming the overwhelming support received from the community throughout the entire year, especially the donated meat from local hunters.
“We’re proud to belong to this community because it really is a giving community – they care about their neighbours.”