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“All of that money stays in the community,” he said. “We do very little canvassing other than at Christmas, and what money we collect stays in the city, is used in the city, and is for our programming here in the city. It’s a crucial part of our budget.”

He said they anticipate needing about 230 hampers this year, which will be filled with various food items, as well as clothes and Christmas gifts. He added people can choose to “adopt” a family in need so that they can have an idea of what that particular family needs and then purchase those items for the Christmas hamper.

The Christmas kettles are located at Safeway, the Co-op Mall, the Dawson Mall, the B.C. Liquor Store and Walmart, and provide an easy way for patrons of those businesses to support the Salvation Army with cash donations. Volunteers are needed to help look after the kettles over the next couple of weeks, and anyone interested is asked to contact Naomi MacDonald at 250-782-0488.

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