FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. The Fort St. John Salvation Army is making a plea for more volunteers to help run the kettle campaign this year.
Sheldon Feener with the Salvation Army says they are looking for many more volunteers this year at all 4 of the locations they run.
“We’re looking for lots. We’re actually running very, very low on our kettle shifts right now. For instance, I have 16 shifts available and I have 3 filled.”
Feener says this is very low compared to previous years. Normally at the beginning of the kettle season The Salvation Army is low on volunteers and it does pick up but they are seeing that this year, it is just extremely low.
“This is our major fundraiser. The big thing for us is that all funds that are raised through this campaign are used in this community 100%. What we raise here is what we can use here and that is the big thing for us.”
The kettle season kicked off on November 24th. The Salvation Army has a simple message for those who may want to volunteer but have yet to call.
“I would say the message is that they aren’t just helping us (The Salvation Army), they are helping their community, they are helping their co-workers, the kids that their kids go to school with. This is not something that just helps the Salvation Army, this helps Fort St. John.”
The shifts are 2 hours in length. They run from 10:0. a.m -12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. , and 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. The Salvation Army needs coverage for all shifts.
If you would like to volunteer, you can contact the Salvation Army kettle Coordinator at (250) 261-1933.