FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are three days left of the Christmas kettle campaign, and $18,000 is needed to reach the Fort St. John Salvation Army’s $100,000 goal.

“During Christmas, we are reminded of the joy of giving. Together our community has joined us in giving to support those most in need, not just at Christmas but throughout the year. The $100,000 we are hoping to raise will allow us to meet the needs of hundreds in our community that are hungry, impoverished, and homeless,” said Braun.

Kettle campaigns across the province have seen a decrease in donations compared to 2020.

A couple of weeks ago, the Salvation Army’s B.C. Division said kettle donations were down as much as 50 per cent compared to last year.

On December 14th, Jared Braun, with the FSJ Salvation Army, said the organization was around $5,000 behind where they were at this time last year.

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 in an interview with Energeticcity on December 14th.

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.

The organization is still looking for volunteers for the last three days of the kettle campaign. Anyone wanting to book a shift, call or text 250-261-1933.

The organization has also been busy preparing and delivering hampers as usual around the holidays.

Around 20 volunteers have helped prepare and deliver Christmas hampers to over 200 people this week.