FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite donations to the kettles being down across the province this year, Jared Braun, with the Fort St. John Salvation Army, remains hopeful.

According to Braun, as of this past weekend, the organzation is about $5,000 behind where they were at this time last year.

“I’m feeling optimistic that the community will continue to rally behind us for the next two weeks,” Braun said.

The Salvation Army relies heavily on kettle donations to fund their work within communities.

“It’s our most substantial fundraiser that helps run our programs. All the kettle money that comes in goes directly to our work right here in Fort St. John,” Braun said.

“The Christmas Kettle is a symbol of help and hope for those in need during the holidays and a direct way for people to make a meaningful impact in their community,” said Mike Leland with the Salvation Army B.C. Division.

The campaign enables the Salvation Army to work with struggling individuals and families and provide food, clothing and shelter. Donations also support programs, such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, job and life-skills training, and education classes.

Those looking to donate to the campaign have various options; either directly to the kettle via cash, cheque, or tap or donate online at safsj.org.