Kettle campaign launched in Weyburn for Salvation Army

The red kettles of the Salvation Army manned by volunteers will be out in four locations around Weyburn from now until just before Christmas.

The campaign was launched on Monday with volunteer coordinator Helen Orsted, who is looking for more people who are willing to volunteer two hours of their time to man a kettle.

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The locations include the Prairie Sky Co-op food store, Wholesale Club, Wal-Mart and the liquor board store, and the kettles will be up from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on most days.

To volunteer, contact Orsted at her home number, at 306-842-6485, or call or text her on her cell at 306-861-4599.

If donors wish to get a receipt, they can donate a cheque, or use the mailing envelopes that are being sent out this week in mailboxes to city residents. These can be put into any of the kettles, or dropped off at the Salvation Army’s new location at Fourth Street and Railway Avenue.

In the meantime, the Salvation Army will be taking applications for Christmas hampers and the adopt-a-family program until Friday, Dec. 6, said Jennifer Lorinczy, coordinator of community ministries.

She noted they are still looking for sponsors who will adopt a family. They could be a family, individual, business or service group, and they will be given information about a family, such as how many children, their ages and interests.

The sponsor will then go and buy food and gifts for that family and the Salvation Army will then pass the items on to the family for Christmas.

Anyone with an interest in adopting a family should contact her at the Salvation Army office in Weyburn for more information.

Coming up for the Salvation Army will the annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Red Wings game on Sunday, Dec. 1, and later, the CP Holiday Train will roll into Weyburn on Monday, Dec. 16, with a donation to be made to the Salvation Army’s food bank by CP Rail employees, and of non-perishable food items by the public who come out to see the train.