Aldergrove's Madame Butterfly (Janet Megahy) painted faces for children such as eight year old Hannah Gagliardi at the second anniversary party for the Salvation Army's Gateway of Hope Thrift Store in Aldergrove on Saturday

Langley’s Christmas kettle campaign needs volunteers

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope’s annual Christmas kettle campaign is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope’s annual Christmas kettle campaign is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

All proceeds go to fund the Family Services Department at the Langley shelter. Family Services helps those in need with community meals, clothing and material assistance, Christmas hampers, school supplies, and the Skillet 101 cooking class, just to name a few.

Every year the Christmas kettle campaign runs from mid-November thru till December 24. This year’s campaign starts on November 13.

Every day of the campaign, the 20-plus locations need at least five volunteers each to cover the two hour shifts. That results in over 3,000 shifts to be covered.

“I really enjoyed my time as a kettle host last year,” says Natalie de Haan. “It’s an easy way to give back to my community and it’s a fun experience.”

A volunteer is asked to stand next to a red kettle while greeting customers as they enter the shops. The kettle bells are rung to remind community members what time of year it is and to remember those in need. If you play an instrument or enjoy singing carols, we welcome you to share your talents at a kettle this season.

“The number of volunteers we have for the 2014 Kettle Season can make all the difference in this fundraiser. We ask community members to consider giving a small amount of time to this important cause,” says Troy Gaglardi, director of community resources at Gateway of Hope.

Pick up a kettle volunteer application today at Gateway of Hope or go online to www.gatewayofhope.ca to download.

Please help the Salvation Army make this year’s campaign a success.

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