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Nov 13, 2015

Salvation Army Kicks Off Annual Kettle Drive

The tinkling sound of bells and the sight of bright red-colored kettles are signs that Christmas is drawing near. Every year around this time, the Salvation Army in Belize would launch its Kettle Drive. The initiative is more than a century old and is carried out annually to garner much needed funds to provide disenfranchised children with gifts during Christmas time. Duane Moody was on for the Kettle Appeal launch.


Duane Moody, Reporting

This morning Albert Street, near the Battlefield Park in Belize City, was abuzz with music and caroling as the Salvation Army Kettle Drive was officially launched. Once again the humanitarian organization is seeking to raise one hundred thousand dollars, says Joliker Leandre.


Joliker Leandre

Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander, Salvation Army

“This started one hundred and twenty-four years ago and kettles are placed on various spots where persons, who wish to contribute to make a difference, would drop whatever they have. Some would give a cheque, some coins…whatever you have, we accept it. This is to help others to have a good Christmas just like everybody else. Mainly they will be in Belize City—Brodies Northern Highway, Publics, Save U; Brodies Albert Street, Hofius. But there will be kettles also in Belmopan, but most of the kettles are in the city.”


But the organization is off to a good start because they received two cheques of five thousand dollars from the Social Security Board and the Belize Bank Limited.


Shakira Tsai

Shakira Tsai, General Manager of Marketing, Belize Bank Limited

“This year we decided to step it up a little bit more with the Salvation Army. In previous years we have supported their toy drive, but this year we went a little bit beyond that. They are an organization that has been around for very many years and so it was a good way to extend the reach that we have done in the past. The contribution to the Salvation Army is one of many that we do.”


Gayle Ozaeta

Gayle Ozaeta, Communications Officer, S.S.B.

“As a part of our corporate and social responsibility, Social Security saw it fit to give back to our community and we have chosen this form of giving back particularly because we are partnering with the Salvation Army. We know that the Salvation Army distributes food to over two thousand children across this country and as well to the elderly. So we believe that this is one way we can give back by helping those in need. A portion of this five thousand dollars will be used towards the Christmas luncheon which is an annual luncheon sponsored by the Salvation Army for these children of which we will also be a part of.”


So why should you give willingly to the cause?


Major Joliker Leandre

“Everyone should give because need has no season, need has no respect of persons. Today might be those folks that are in need; tomorrow it could be anyone of us. So when you give to the Salvation Army, you give to the world. So I encourage everyone who can give to give.”


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The Salvation Army has been such a blessing on our community. They have been impactful in years of education, helping the homeless and also with this kettle program. And I think it is very important for a mission like that to show their faith through actual works in our society for us to be supportive. I think that a lot of the children have been blessed by this initiative over the many years that it has been going on.”


The Kettle Drive has been held for the past one hundred and twenty-four years. Duane Moody for News Five.

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