The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign surpassed its goal in Abbotsford/Mission by $10,000 over the holiday season.
The agency raised $160,000, which will stay in the community. Provincially, the Salvation Army raised more than $4.5 million.
Carolyn Pollard, kettle coordinator for Abbotsford/Mission, thanked the community for their support.
“This was an extraordinary year filled with many challenges. We are so appreciative of the community’s amazing response in support our Christmas Kettle Campaign,” she said.
“Thank you to everyone who donated to a kettle, to everyone who rang bells as kettle hosts, and to all the merchants who welcomed us to your stores. Because of your caring and generosity, we can continue to serve the most vulnerable in days to come.”
Spokesperson Capt. Ruth Gillingham said more people than ever are living at or below the poverty line, and the COVID-19 pandemic added an increased need.
The annual Christmas campaign supplies funding for programs and services to help the community’s most vulnerable all year long.
“Funds raised during the campaign stay local to help feed, clothe and shelter those in need, while helping others escape violence and addiction,” Gillingham said.
“In many cases, we are dealing with our most vulnerable citizens, many of whom are living in crisis. These funds will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of the individuals and families we serve.”
To make a donation or to volunteer locally, visit centreofhope.net or call 604-852-9305.