With only 13 days left to donate to the Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army is trying to rally Grande Prairie residents together to meet their goal. Lieutenant Peter Kim says on Monday they had less than half the money they need to meet it.
“We are hoping the community will step up and help us raise our $430,000. We are in need. It is getting close to the end. We hope people in Grande Prairie will step up and help those who are less fortunate.”
Money can be dropped in the kettles around the city and if you don’t have change, they do accept credit card numbers as a form of payment as well.
Kim says this year they are expecting more people to be in need this time of year.
“We have seen an increase month over month of people who are using our services. We are expecting over 1000 users of people who are going to use a Christmas hamper this year. Last year, it was just under 900.”
Kim explains that it is his first year in the city and he has heard that the residents of Grande Prairie are last minute. The Salvation Army did surpass their goal last year which was $370,000.