Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)

Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)

Local Salvation Army kickoff weekend earns more than $1,000 in donations

Local, provincial dignitaries take first shifts ringing the bell

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is off to a bright start following the kickoff event on Saturday, Nov. 28.

According to Rose Tustian, the local Savlation Army bell coordinator, the first weekend netted the Sally Ann $1,037, which approaches half of last year’s total campaign funds raised, which was a total of $2,600 donated throughout December 2019.

District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger, Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Leo Facio, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon and Tustian all took shifts as bell ringers during the first day of this year’s kettle campaign.

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Anyone interested in volunteering as a bell ringer is invited to call Tustian at 604-316-4766. Two shifts are available for Saturday, Dec. 19 – from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Salvation Army kettles were first used in Canada in Toronto in 1903. Prior to this, Capt. Joseph McFee started a campaign to “Keep the Pot Boiling” to help the vulnerable in San Francisco during the holiday season.

To donate online, visit fillthekettle.com.


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