Salvation Army kettle campaign begins
STEPHEN UHLER On Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, the Salvation Army 2012 Christmas Kettle Campaign officially kicked off at the Pembroke Mall. Here, Pembroke Mayor Ed Jacyno, left, makes a donation with Major Glenn Wirachowsky of the Salvation Army standing beside the kettle.
A seasonal sight as familiar as stockings, tinsel and Santa is reappearing again, but for a more serious purpose.
On Saturday, the Salvation Army 2012 Christmas Kettle Campaign officially kicked off in Pembroke, using the Pembroke Mall as its launch pad.
On hand to help mark the occasion was the Pembroke Legion Community Band, who played carols to get everyone into the spirit of the season.
Major Glenn Wirachowsky of the Salvation Army said they depend on the kettle campaign to help fund their activities throughout the year. This plus the annual mail out appeal pays for everything the Salvation Army does, from running its soup kitchen and food bank to its Christmas hampers and its many programs.
"What we bring in stays locally," he said, "and what we get from the kettles is what we survive on for all our programs."
In the Pembroke-Petawawa area, it is hoped these kettles will collect about $150,000 by campaign's end.
Pembroke Mayor Ed Jacyno, who made a personal donation to the cause, said this time of year it is important for people to give thanks for what they have, and in turn share with others who may not be as fortunate. He said the perfect place to start is with supporting the Salvation Army.
"They always have been a beacon of light to those in need," Jacyno said.
Salvation Army kettles have been set up in Walmart, the Pembroke Mall, Giant Tiger, and Moncion Grocers Petawawa Market.
Kelltes will also be intermittently appearing at the Beer Store, the LCBO and Canex at CFB Petawawa.
Stephen Uhler is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist