Grande Prairie stepped up over the holiday season and helped raise $443,000 for the Salvation Army. Almost $188,000 of that came from the red kettles, while another $255,000 was mailed in. That far surpassed this year’s total goal of $375,000. Major Brian Beveridge says it should take care of their expenses for 2016.
“We’re sure hoping that the funds should cover us. If things get tough we might have to run another food drive, but this will sure bridge the gap. God gave us some money and I guess we’re going to have to use it because it doesn’t look like things are getting better for a while, but at least we can make it.”
906 hampers were handed out to local families this Christmas, a 30 per cent increase over last year. The food bank also saw a 30 per cent increase in use over the last few months of 2015.
“I’d like to say thank you so much, because we couldn’t do it without [Grande Prairie]. We just represent the community as we provide help for the needy people,” adds Beveridge.