For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach, making access to everyday needs like food, clothing and shelter difficult.
123Dentist is proud to support the Salvation Army in its 127th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. Their goal is to raise $21 million dollars this year, and we’ve tried to do our part.
During our biennial holiday party, we were pleased to present a cheque for $20,000 to Wayne Thompson of the BC Division of the Salvation Army. In addition, our staff and doctors donated another $2,000 in the Christmas Kettles set up at the event, and in other cash donations, for a grand total of $22,000.
In the accompanying photo, Dr. Amin Shivji (left) and Dr. Ed Wong (right) present the cheque to Mr. Thompson.
As was summed up by Dr. Wong, “all of us are privileged to be in the positions we enjoy, and sharing some of our success is an important effort to restore dignity and hope to hundreds in our city, not only just during the holidays, but also throughout the year.”
With a national $21-million fundraising goal, the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables local Salvation Army units in 400 communities across Canada to help individuals and families with the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter. Contributions also allow The Salvation Army to continue operating its life-changing programs, such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, job and skills training, and budgeting and education classes, which help people find a way out of poverty, permanently. Every donation to a Christmas kettle remains in the community in which it was given, in order to help local people in need. Last year, The Salvation Army helped over 1.9 million people.
“For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided hope and dignity to people in need through the generosity of our donors and volunteers,” says Major John Murray, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “Hosted at more than 2,000 locations across Canada, the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is our largest fundraising drive of the year and would not be possible without the thousands of kettle workers who volunteer their time.”
If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 128 countries around the world. Its community and social service activities include: hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those needing housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with addiction; long-term care and palliative care; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps, and school nutrition programs for children and youth; and life-skills classes such as budgeting, cooking for a family, and anger management. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
News releases, articles and updated information can be found at www.SalvationArmy.ca