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No Salvation Army kettle will be left unattended – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com

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The chances of someone buying a Salvation Army kettle will be slimmer this year, says Divisional Sales Manager Sherma Evelyn.

At two separate locations, in 2019 and 2021, two of the kettles containing money were stolen; one from outside a Christ Church supermarket and the other from a shopping center in The City.

The annual Christmas kettle and letter appeals, through which the Salvation Army receives most of its funds, were launched last week at National Heroes Square in the city, where it was announced that the This year’s goal was $750,000.

In an interview with The nation Evelyn said: ‘When the kettles were last stolen they were left unattended as the person walked away to use the toilet or have lunch. No kettle will be left unattended. Whether [the person] goes to the toilet and there is nobody, the person will put the kettle in place; they wouldn’t leave it out.

“We’re not going to have two people [at one location] instead of one. We don’t have the staff to do that. Kettles will be placed throughout the island. We have more this year, at three additional locations. In all, there are 47 pitches across the island and the kettles will be there until the end of December”.

No Salvation Army kettle will be left unattended

Paul Bernstein, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, said at the launch, “Our goal this year is $750,000, and we hope, through your generosity, to exceed that amount. I make a special appeal to the business community, especially manufacturers and retailers, to support this worthy cause and let me assure you once again that The Salvation Army uses 85 cents on every dollar received to provide direct services to those in need. . Eighty-five cents of every dollar goes to a needy cause.”

He reminded the audience that the funds from both the Kettle and the Letter of Appeal “represent a substantial part of our annual income, which is absolutely essential for us to continue the work of the Army. Salvation throughout the coming year”. He also provided an update on the assistance provided to the most vulnerable people in the community for the first nine months of the year.

The President said that “212 people received educational books, 100 families received back-to-school assistance, 46 people received furniture, 1,870 people received clothing, 5,300 families received food baskets and 32 456 hot meals were served from the nutrition center and through our Meals on Wheels program.”

Thanking the individual and corporate donors who supported them last year, Bernstein said he looked forward to their “generous support” this year because there was “a lot to do, and we need your support for the TO DO”.

The first fundraising donation of $25,000 was made by Scotiabank. Its chief executive, Suzette Armoogam-Shah, who also spoke at the launch, said the financial institution “understands that we are an important part of the economic and social fabric of the community in which we operate”, and ” easily supports initiatives that aim to help and provide opportunities for people who rise, change their situation and improve themselves”.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize that many charities and community groups are still on the front lines to help ensure that vital supplies and support are brought to those who need it most and the Army du Salut brings hope to the individual and families facing food insecurity, homelessness, unemployment and mental health issues. And we are proud to have been part of this worthy cause, the Christmas Red Kettle Appeal, for many years,” she said.

Armoogam-Shah praised the Salvation Army for the “wonderful job” it has done and continues to do in caring for the most vulnerable people in society and implored everyone to donate, as funds raised at Christmas Kettles help provide “direct, compassionate, hands-on service to thousands of people every year”.

The Salvation Army intends to distribute “the usual” 4,000 Christmas food baskets to needy families and donate Christmas gifts to children’s homes, homes for the aged and those less fortunate. (GBM)