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Nov 7, 2014

Salvation Army Launches Annual Kettle Appeal

It’s that time of the year and red kettles will be popping up all over the city for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Appeal to raise funds for its community outreach programs throughout the year. The red kettle and the ringing bells are signs that Christmas is around the corner. For several years, the CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank has been a major sponsor of the organization, but this year the bank has dropped out so the organization is looking at a significant drop in the kettle appeal. Last year, the kettle appeal raised approximately ninety-thousand dollars and Regional Commander, Joliker Leandre, says that while the initiative is to raise funds, the message is really about Christ.

 

Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander, Salvation Army

Major Joliker Leandre

“Over some two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ came as the savior of the world and he died on it to give us hope. Unfortunately many persons have not yet received that message and they are still living hopeless lives. It is never too late because those who have received him as lord and savior, they can testify of the changes that have taken place in their lives. Our target every year is one hundred thousand. Last year, we fell short of ten thousand dollars. And this year, we already have a shortfall of fifteen thousand dollars because one of our main sponsors, our agreement with them ends this year. However, we are very confident that God will always provide for its children. We got less of the income, our target is still the same in terms of reaching out to the people. We cannot decrease the number of persons we assist because funds don’t come. We have to find ways and means to reach out to as many people as possible during this time. We are here for the public and they have proven to be fateful over the years; they have been supporting us and we are very confident they will do same this year. Those who are not yet on board, we encourage them to come on board because there is room for everyone.”

 

Reporter

“What projects will be money be used for?”

 

Major Joliker Leandre

“We have over five hundred families who receive food parcels over the Christmas period throughout Belize. Also we have two thousand five hundred children across Belize City who will receive gifts and also Christmas treats. So and apart from the yearly program that we run.”

 

Worldwide, the Kettle Appeal starts on the first Friday in November.

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