An annual tradition, the Salvation Army's Donation Kettles will soon be found at the entrances of some of Weyburn's most frequented businesses. The Kettles are much more than a local custom, though. Nicole Strickland, the Community Ministry Worker for Weyburn's Salvation Army, explains that donations collected through this campaign are an important resource for the increasingly essential Food Bank.
"The funds raised are utilized by our Food Bank here in Weyburn. It's our main fundraiser for the year, and it is what keeps our food bank open all year round. We've set our goals a little bit higher this year due to the fact that our [service] numbers are higher as well, so we're really hoping that we meet them."
The campaign is set to begin on November 30th with two active donation sites in town: One at the Wholesale Club, and one at Walmart. Volunteers can sign up for shifts that are a minimum of 2 hours long every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, extending throughout the Holiday Season until December 23rd. Strickland adds that anyone willing to give their time will be met with a warm welcome.
"We are looking for anybody. If you don't feel like you can stand for two hours, we can provide a chair. If there are students that need volunteer hours for school, we welcome them. If you have a friend, you and your friend want volunteer together, that's more than welcome. We have some people that enjoy playing music while they volunteer. We have some that have the kettle outside and they goof around and interact with people. Everyone is welcome."
Signing up to claim your shift is easy. Simply contact Nicole Strickland at the Weyburn Salvation Army, (306) 842-2280, and invite a friend to join in making sure all of Weyburn has a Merry Christmas this year.
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