The Salvation Army says volunteers are urgently needed to help fill vacant kettle shifts for the organization’s annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.
About 25 per cent of the three-hour-long shifts scheduled between now and Dec. 24 are vacant of volunteers, said Shannon Wise, spokesperson for the Salvation Army’s Ontario Great Lakes Division.
“We’re making a push for more volunteers right now in order to meet our goal which is $500,000,” said Wise in an interview with AM980 on Monday. “We know without volunteers that wouldn’t happen, so donations, yes, are very important, but without those volunteering their time, our kettle campaign just may come up short.”
The campaign had raised just over $100,000 as of Friday, Wise said.
“We’re not doing too bad but it’s the volunteering that we really need to push, not so much the donations. Of course donations are vital to do what we do, but we can’t get there without our volunteers,” she said.
Money raised during the campaign goes to the Salvation Army’s Christmas hamper program, which provided food and toys to over 5,600 households in London last year, according to the Salvation Army. The organization says about 5,800 households will be in need of a hamper this year.
Those interested in volunteering can contact 519-433-6106 or visit londonchristmaskettles.ca