It's time again to start warming up your singing voice and your bell-ringing arm. The Salvation Army is looking for hosts for its donation kettles.
Volunteers are needed to host the kettles at major Tri-Cities and New Westminster locations from the morning of Nov. 15, right up until the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
"We're looking for volunteers. Our shifts can range anywhere from a couple hours to a full eight-hour shift," said Nadine March, kettle co-ordinator. "We're uptown at Royal Square, Royal City Centre, the Westminster Centre. Downtown we've got Columbia Square. We have some locations over in Queensborough as well and one in Sapperton."
Keeping the kettles well attended and full of donations is crucial to the Salvation Army's mission to reach out to those in need, March said.
"This campaign funds all of our programs for family services for the year. This is our one big fundraiser that helps out all year long with everything we run," she said. "It's helping people in your community. We're so active out in the community. We range from families, to men to women. We reach out to everyone."
There's also something very rewarding that comes with giving of yourself, according to David Wilfong, kettle co-ordinator for the Burnaby Salvation Army.
"There are people within our community that have needs and, unfortunately, they're in a situation where they cannot meet them financially. The second-greatest commandment is to help others. One of the great feelings is helping someone and not expecting to receive anything back for it. You just do it because it is the right thing to do," he said.
To sign up for a shift with the bell and kettle, call March at 604-521-5043 or e-mail email@example.com.