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Nov 9, 2012

Help the Salvation Army Kettle Drive

Across the globe and in Belize, the chiming of the Salvation Army bells fills the air. The organization today kicked off its annual Kettle Appeal in downtown Belize City. This year, the money raised will be used to provide baskets for four hundred needy families. The Red Kettle will be seen at many locations throughout the country and the Salvation Army is hoping to raise eighty thousand dollars. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The red kettle and the ringing bells are a clear indication that Christmas is coming. It’s the annual event; the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive that seeks to raise funds through the public giving of their own to help those who are less fortunate. According to newly instated Regional Commander, Joliker Leandre, the event has become bigger and better with kettles placed at more locations outside Belize City.


Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander, Salvation Army

Joliker Leandre

“We have a number of Christmas activities but they are all ongoing programs. So the gifts given to the Salvation Army is not only for the Christmas period but for the year.”


Monica Bodden

“Where will these kettles be placed at?”


Joliker Leandre

“The Christmas kettles will be placed at most of the business places like Brodies and other business places in the area. We’ve also asked for it in Belmopan; we’ll have Christmas kettles there. There will be also barrels placed at various spots, business places, where persons can donate toys for the children.”


A corporate citizen; that has been a big sponsor of the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive, is CIBC First Caribbean Bank. And today at the opening ceremonies in front of the bank located on Albert Street, a cheque of fifteen thousand dollars was presented to the Salvation Army. Country Manager of the Bank, Glen Smith, says that the staff will also be providing toys.


Glen Smith, Country Manager, CIBC First Caribbean Bank

“The Salvation Army approached us in 2011 asking us to support them in the kettle Drive for Christmas 2011. The nature of First Caribbean is that we don’t do thing on a one off transactional basis. So we sat down with the Salvation Army and we were able to discuss it and say let’s look at it from a relational point of view and let’s have this running for more than one year. We agreed that CIBC First Caribbean will become the flagship sponsor over a three year period.  We think that as an organization, we need to show appreciation to the markets in which we operate. And so we seek to partner with social causes so that we can live our corporate social responsibility of looking out for the downfallen; looking out for the less-fortunate in the society and sharing whatever we have made from our efficient operations with the community.”


The goal is to reach eighty-thousand dollars to assist with its humanitarian efforts.


Joliker Leandre

“We have food parcels distribution that will be done in the City, also Georgeville Area, North Side, Regent Street, Cemetery Road; well have distribution. Over five hundred senior citizens will receive food parcels. In addition to that we also have the Christmas children’s party which is usually held on the second Thursday in December. We are getting bigger and better every year because most persons are coming on board. This year we have the toys drive being extended to the other district—outside of Belize City. So this is an indication that we have been growing and the more we get the more people we will be able to reach.”


So when you hear the bells ringing give a little something and bring joy to those needy persons for the Christmas. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Help the Salvation Army Kettle Drive”

  1. Storm says:

    We all know Christmas is getting near when we can see the kettles and hear the bells tinkling. The Salvation Army has done a lot of good for a long, long time — longer than even Uncle Benji and I can remember.

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