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Kettle campaign runs hot

Salvation Army effort turns in more than $320,000

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 06:00 am

FEELING GOOD – Pastor Grace Kim of the Salvation Army says the group's annual kettle campaign was a success.
FEELING GOOD – Pastor Grace Kim of the Salvation Army says the group's annual kettle campaign was a success.
CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

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It was a hard fought Christmas campaign for the Salvation Army Church but in the end, the kettle did runneth over indeed.

The final tally came in with $321,466 as the campaign ended on December 24. This equates to an unprecedented success, especially since the original goal was only $300,000.

Pastor Grace Kim said that this was the highest result ever for the annual local effort.

“This was the best campaign! It’s just amazing. We are very excited that the community is still supporting in us and believing in us. We’re very grateful!”

The money has been earmarked to fund new and existing community programming including those for seniors and young mothers. The church is also working on youth programming as a way of helping the community get over the closure of the St. Albert Youth Community Centre.

While offering its programs and services, it strives to respect all people.

“We’re not about handing down. Not only do we deal with dignity but we also want to build a community, not build dependent clients. Maybe they don’t know how to budget, or shop, or cook. We want to offer more life skills courses as well so that it’s not the same people coming back with the same issues each year.”

She thanked everyone for their donations of money and also of time. At one point during the middle of the campaign, there was a shortage of volunteers, prompting an emergency call for people to ring the bells and stand at the kettle locations.

“God always blesses us with what we need,” she began. “We’re just praying for wisdom to use [the money] for the right things. We’re just excited that we have the funds to once again serve the community.”

She also thanked the St. Albert Gazette for its coverage and support of the effort.

“The last couple of weeks were the best.”

The local army’s territory extends from Jasper to Lloydminster to Slave Lake.

For more information about the church and its programming, please call 780-458-1937. It is located at 165 Liberton Drive.


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