October 26th, 2020

Salvation Army rings in its annual Christmas kettle campaign

By Kalinowski, Tim on November 16, 2019.

Shirley and Eric Weigelt, and Gerald Waldren, of the Alberta Freemasons, joined Lethbridge Salvation Army Majors Donald Bladen and Donna Bladen to help kick off the annual of the Christmas kettle campaign Friday at Park Place mall. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


The Salvation Army is getting in the Christmas spirit, and it is hoping the community is ready to give generously to their Christmas kettle campaign again this year.

“The Salvation Army has been in the City of Lethbridge for 121 years, and has been doing this Christmas kettle campaign for a long time,” said Maj. Donald Bladen of the Lethbridge Salvation Army. “We’re proud to be part of the community and proud to bring viable and important services to the community, particularly as it relates to the working poor and the vulnerable.”

All the money raised from the annual Christmas kettle campaign stays in Lethbridge to fund community programs supported by the Salvation Army, and that work truly is in line with the spirit of Christmas, said Bladen.

“I believe Christmas is ultimately about the sharing of love with another,” he explained. “The whole culture around Christmas is really about the sharing of love and the giving of gifts, and the extending of a hand of help toward one another. The beauty of giving to the Salvation Army at Christmas time is that you can be guaranteed every penny stays in this community to do community work, and good community work at that.”

This year the local Christmas kettle campaign has set a goal of $150,000 to be raised, and the Lethbridge Salvation Army is making it easier than ever for community members to give, said Bladen.

“We are seeing more of trend where people are not carrying cash in their wallets and pockets anymore, However, a lot of financial things are now done online as well. We have http://www.fillthekettle.com which is an option for people to log on and provide a donation. But we’re going to introduce wireless debit machines at a couple of our kettle locations this year, and we’re going to see how that goes. It’s had a lot of success in other communities, and a lot of people want to tap their card and provide a donation through other means.”

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