AMHERST, N.S. – Christmastime provides the opportunity to show gratitude to family and friends, and, also, to be charitable to strangers.
One easy way to be charitable to strangers is to donate to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.
On Nov. 17, Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, MLA for Cumberland North, attended the Salvation Army auction in Amherst, where they also launched the 2018 Kettle Campaign.
“The funds raised at today’s auction and through the Kettle Campaign will go directly to the work the Salvation Army does in Amherst and the surrounding area,” said McCrossin. “Important programs that so many people in our community need that are only sustainable because of the Kettle Campaign and the dedicated volunteers and generous donors that sustain it.
“I’m talking about programs that provide emergency shelter, keep a food bank open, and help those who are at risk of having their utilities turned off,” added McCrossin. “It’s hard to imagine Amherst without the efforts of the Salvation Army and the programs they deliver because of the Kettle Campaign.”
Last year’s campaign raised a little over $54,000.
“This year we’re aiming for $55,000,” said Lieutenant Steve Toynton of the Salvation Army of Springhill and Amherst. “We were very appreciative of the generosity of the people last year, they opened their hearts, and we look forward to another successful campaign.”
Kettles are located at Walmart, Super Store, Giant Tiger, the Springhill Foodland, and at Salvation Army Thrift Stores.
Before the auction began, McCrossin quoted from Luke Chapter 3, verse 11.
“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none. And whoever has food is to do likewise.”