Photo: Councilor Don Irwin (left) and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm make a donation to the kettle campaign – File Photo


The annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive officially kicked off in Fort St. John on Saturday.

The Salvation Army in Fort St. John has an operating budget of $180,000 and this year has a goal of raising $200,000 to cover that budget.

Its drop-in centre currently serves an average of 90 meals per day, six days a week. The Family Services program it runs hands out an average 120 hampers a month with a jump to 400 hampers throughout December for Christmas.

Seven kettles have been placed around the city at the Totem Mall, WalMart, Sobeys, Pricesmart, Safeway, Canadian Tire and the B.C. Liquor Store.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for a kettle shift, serving Christmas dinner, building hampers or wrapping children’s gifts, please call  250-785-0506.