Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:56

Swift Current Salvation Army Kettle volunteers needed for final days before Christmas

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By Matthew Liebenberg
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The Salvation Army in Swift Current is looking for volunteers to man the kettles during the final few days before Christmas.

Capt. Michael Ramsay said they would also appreciate it if people can spare something to drop in the kettles in the final days before Christmas, because donations are down $10,000 from the same time last year.

“Thank you for all of your support,” he wrote in an e-mail this morning. “The community has been quite generous but even so our Christmas kettle total donations are down in the community $10,000 from what they were at this point last year.”

Salvation Army staff and volunteers have been very busy during the last few days to get hampers ready and preparation for the Christmas dinner is also underway.

Capt. Ramsay said 293 hampers have been prepared this festive season, which is a noticeable increase over last year.

“Last year we were just over 200, now we're almost 300,” he told the Prairie Post.

In addition to a variety of canned and pre-packaged food items in the hamper, families  received turkey or ham for single persons as well as milk and fresh vegetables.

“The community is just wonderful,” he said. “You can see from what we're able to put in the hampers just how well the community has come around. It's nice to be able to give people stuff for a really good Christmas rather than just second rate.”

Bags of toys were also presented to over 75 families. These were toys from the angel tree  wish lists at the Salvation Army's Miracle Room as well as general donations from the public. According to Capt. Ramsay the average value of each bag of toys is about $75.

“The generosity in the community goes a long way to making someone's Christmas that much more meaningful,” he said.

Around 200 people will be enjoying a communal feast during the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Day meal.

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