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Our Largest Annual Fundraiser

THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY WE WERE ABLE TO SURPASS OUR 2015 GOAL! YOUR SUPPORT MADE THE DIFFERENCE!
 
 

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign runs annually from mid-November through to December 24th. We currently have 8 secured Kettle locations in Stratford and 1 in Mitchell.

History of the “Kettle”

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help the help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor.  (Courtesyhttp://www.salvationarmy.ca/kettlefaq/)

Volunteers

Our campaign relies heavily on volunteers who stand/sit by a kettle for a 2-hour shift.  That equals 87 volunteer hours per day! We have some volunteers who have participated in this campaign for over 20 years and for generations as part of family tradition.  Volunteers often choose to help in this way as part of giving back to their community during the holiday season.  We are blessed to have many corporations, service clubs and local groups volunteer by “taking over a kettle” for a day or two, manned with their own staff.  Donors can readily see who these groups are because we highlight them by posting their group name on the actual kettle.  We also have volunteers who take shifts driving around from location to location to ensure all volunteers are present and happy or in case they are in need of a quick break.  Our Kettle Coordinator begins scheduling volunteers in early November.

Donations

All donations made to out Kettle Campaign stay 100% local.  They ensure our services to the community continue throughout the coming year.  You can view a list of our services funded by Kettle Campaign donations under the Community tab.  Donations to this campaign can be made at a kettle, via our online kettle  (www.fillthekettle.com) or simply by stopping by our building at 230 Lightbourne Avenue.  Receipts are issued for donations $10 and greater.  We are grateful for community partnerships who have generously matched donations on certain dates throughout the campaign, helping us reach our goal.  For more information on our Christmas Kettle Campaign, including setting up a presentation for your staff, students or group please call our office at 519-271-2950.  We encourage larger group participants to call by mid-October to ensure a greater choice in scheduling dates.