FSJ Salvation Army thanks community for its generosity during Christmas season

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army crushed their kettle campaign goal this holiday season,…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army crushed their kettle campaign goal this holiday season, raising $105,000.

“We are so proud, and so excited, and so thankful, to everybody in Fort St. John, who visited our kettles at all the different locations and donated generously from your heart to support our work in supporting those most in need in Fort St. John,” said Executive Director Jared Braun in a video posted to the FSJ Salvation Army’s Facebook page.

Around the middle of December, the BC Salvation Army said donations were down across the province compared to 2020. Braun was feeling optimistic that the community would pull through and he was right.

The organization collected $18,000 from the community between December 22nd to 24th to surpass its 2021 goal. The campaign ran from November 18th to Christmas Eve.

“We’re so thankful for all the different places that hosted our kettles. All the grocery stores, the retail outlets, the fast-food restaurants, and all our incredible volunteers who took time to be at a kettle and just invest in our organization in that way.”

Not only did the community come through for the kettle campaign, but Braun also says 245 Christmas hampers were given to those in need.

“We were able to hand out [those] to people in our community who otherwise may not have been able to have a special Christmas dinner.”

The generosity doesn’t stop there as 218 toy hampers were also handed out so kids could have some presents under their tree for Christmas morning.

“These were wonderful toy hampers from all the different toy drives that came in from our community, different people who contributed, and our team who put them together with a great selection of toys for all the kids who were able to receive them.”

The organization also prepared a full Christmas dinner with all the fixings at the Northern Centre of Hope for the homeless population.

The Salvation Army collected $84,670 in general donations between mid-November to the end of December. The donations are separate from the kettle campaign. The total is expected to increase as Braun is waiting for a monthly report detailing online donations for December.

 

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