Salvation Army kicks of Christmas Hamper Program in Fort Erie

Salvation Army kicks of Christmas hamper program

By Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times

From left, kettle campaign coordinator Cam Schell, community services manager Elliott Innes, and community and family service worker Anne Watters sort through donations of toys for the organization's Christmas hamper program. (Sarah Ferguson/Fort Erie Times/QMI Agency)

From left, kettle campaign coordinator Cam Schell, community services manager Elliott Innes, and community and family service worker Anne Watters sort through donations of toys for the organization's Christmas hamper program. (Sarah Ferguson/Fort Erie Times/QMI Agency

FORT ERIE - It only takes a few dollars or some spare change to help make a difference in the lives of people in need.

As the holiday season nears, the Fort Erie Salvation Army has already kicked off its annual Christmas hamper program and kettle campaign, community services manager Elliott Innes said.

Donations of toys for newborn, children and teenagers, food, and money are greatly needed to make the holidays special for families.

“We need toys and we need donations to our food bank,” Innes said.

“We had an uptick at Halloween but that will only get us to the end of November,” he added.

The Salvation Army, on average, provides Christmas to 300 families during the holidays. Innes said the organization is prepared to serve an additional families because the need for assistance in Fort Erie continues to grow.

Those interested in registering for a Christmas hamper can visit the Salvation Army every Thursday in November and the first Monday in December from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call to schedule an appointment.

The community has recognized how great the need is for residents by donating a large amount of spare change to the Salvation Army’s kettles.

“With our kettle campaign, we raised $2,000 on the first day,” Innes said.

“Our goal is $55,000 and we have a long way to go before Dec. 24.”

The kettle campaign is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Salvation Army.

Innes said the Salvation Army relies on the kettles to provide assistance throughout the year.

“We are serving significantly more people since 2008 with significantly less resources,” he said.

Innes said it doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether it’s a dollar or two, some spare change, or taking the time to volunteer, every little bit helps.

When people give their time, or a donation, it leaves them with an “indescribable feeling.”

For more information about the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign or Christmas hamper program e-mail office@safecfs.org or call 905-871-1592.

sarah.ferguson@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: s_ferguson25 Food bank wish list

The Fort Erie Salvation Army's food bank is in great need. Items include:

• Peanut butter

• Tuna

• Kraft Dinner

• Canned vegetables

• Canned meals

• Beans

• Cereal

• Lunch snacks, fruit cups

• Pancake mix

• Skim milk powder

• Juice boxes

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