It’s this time of year when the Salvation Army’s services are needed most.
Annual DC Christmas services are going ahead this year as normal, though some have been cancelled or impacted by the pandemic and government restrictions.
Ring the kettle bells
The Salvation Army will once again have kettles stationed around town accepting monetary and food donations, several of the locations set to have a kettle had to change plans due to not being able to ensure social distancing and comply with the new COVID-19 restrictions, says Deris Fillier of the Dawson Creek Salvation Army.
“We will have one at Walmart, beginning November 27. The others are on hold for now as we work to find volunteers and other locations."
Christmas Hamper program is back
Fillier says there is slightly more interest in the program than normal, and she’s seeing a lot of new names sign up for the hamper program and other services.
“The Christmas Hamper program is very important. It allows those less fortunate to experience Christmas in a way they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. They get a Christmas dinner, three-to four days of food, and toys and gifts for kids 17 and under."
People are able to drop off food, toy and monetary donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank Monday to Friday during normal business hours. Those wishing to make a drop off outside of business hours can call the food bank ahead of time to make an arrangement. Donations will be accepted until the first distribution day on December 21.
“(The Salvation Army) expresses our sincere thanks to everyone who has stepped up to the plate. It would be remiss if we didn’t thank everyone, particularly in the last nine months, that have really helped us out during this time,” says Fillier.
Anyone interested in volunteering for a kettle station and able to work a two hour shift can call Fillier at 250-782-8669.