Update: The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is officially underway in Drumheller. The kickoff happened Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. outside the entrance to the Co-op Food Store.
"We will have kettles at Walmart, Co-op, Extra Foods and Freson Bros. from now until Christmas Eve," stated Captain Jennifer Hillier from the Drumheller Salvation Army. "Our goal right now for the Christmas Kettle Campaign is $40,000."
With all the job losses, the Salvation Army has seen a significant increase in those needing their services. 
"We've seen about a 26 percent increase, so that's very significant. We've had to be very good stewards with using our resources and so this is our big fundraising time around Christmas," explained Hillier. 
"We're expecting next year to be reflective of this year. We would certainly hope and anticipate that in the future the demand of food bank service would decrease, but right now it's tough economic time. People are turning to us for help and we want to be able to be there to support them with food and any other kind of help that they need," expressed Hillier.
Captain Hillier mentioned that they are still in need of volunteers to stand on the Christmas kettles. 
"They're just two hour shifts and we're starting with Friday and Saturdays for the next couple of weekends, then our week builds to be a longer kettle week. If anyone is interested in putting a smile on and thanking people for their donations, please give us a call at 403-823-2215," Hillier outlined. 

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