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Nov 13, 2009

Salvation Army launches annual Kettle Appeal

Story PictureYou will know it is the beginning of the Christmas season, that’s because the Salvation Army’s Kettle’s Appeal was officially launched today in front of Brodies Supermarket in downtown Belize City. The event marks their annual drive to muster funds to assist less fortunate persons this Christmas season and beyond. The organization has placed red kettles at strategic places around the city where it hopes you will drop your coins or cash that will be used to provide meals and toys for those that need it most. News Five’s Duane Moody was at the launch and has this report.

Duane Moody, Reporting
The sound of Christmas carols drowned the hustle and bustle of the early morning traffic at downtown Albert Street as the annual Kettle Drive was off to an exciting start.

Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Guest Speaker
“Instead of Santa Claus coming to town and we are expecting presents for ourselves, let’s give to those who need it the most. Thank you so much and I would like to take this opportunity to officially launch the kettle appeal. I think that one of the best examples of giving that we can have in our entire country and indeed throughout the world is the good work of the men and women of the Salvation Army.”

The drive also known as the kettle appeal is used to celebrate their mission of sharing is caring in trying to help many one by one. According to newly inducted Regional Commander, Major Brenda Greenidge, Salvation Army currently helps over two thousand adults and children.

Major Brenda Greenidge, Regional Commander, Salvation Army
“The idea is to raise funds to spread Christmas cheer to the less fortunate in our communities which would include the healthy the homeless and the children.”

Duane Moody
“What is it that you provide from the funds that you muster?”

Major Brenda Greenidge
“From the funds that we raise from our Kettle Appeal, it is our hope to prepare food parcels for about one thousand five hundred and to assist with making sure that children get a toy. In the city there is going to be a dinner for one thousand children at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall and each child will receive a plate of food and a Christmas toy. The distribution of toys and food parcels will extend out and beyond Belize City; Maskall, Orange Walk and various other communities we’ll be going to.”

The money collected in the kettle appeal is used not only for the Christmas season, but in times of disaster to provide relief to those affected. And Douglas Thompson says he gives his support annually.

Duane Moody
“Is this something that you normally do and why?”

Douglas Thompson, Supporter, Salvation Army Kettle Appeal
“Every year. The Salvation Army in 1961 after Hurricane Hattie, I was in Gayle’s Point, Manatee and like Belize City was destroyed by the hurricane. And the people that came to my rescue, my family’s rescue, was the Salvation Army providing books, clothing, food; everything that we needed. So ever since then, I have been very dedicated to the Salvation Army.”

The ceremony was also filled with exciting musical and liturgical presentations from students of Salvation Army Primary School. Duane Moody, reporting for News Five.

The red kettles are also set up at the Angelus Press, K-Park Supermarket, Publics and Save – U. You are invited to give generously.

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