It's an increasingly cash-free society, but the Salvation Army was out once again this year with their big seasonal fundraiser -- Christmas kettles.
Captain Jennifer Hillier spoke to 99.5 DrumFM as the kettle season wrapped up.
"It's been an amazing season for Christmas kettles again," she said. "We want to say thank you for all of the volunteers who came out and who helped us, those who helped to organize the kettles [and] those whose stood for those two hour shifts. We are really so grateful."
Kettles were placed in three locations this year: Freson Bros., Extra Foods and Wal-Mart.
"We were down that Christmas kettle at Co-op this year which definitely affected our campaign," pointed out Hillier. "But all things considered, we still did very well and the community really came out and got behind us."
Hillier and her husband are now taking a well-deserved break until the New Year. The pair will be putting the kettle money to good use starting Jan. 2.
"This money will carry us through to the New Year. It will buy food for food bank, it will fund other kinds of programs that give support to people who are in need."
Nationally, the Salvation Army was about 25 per cent short of its 2017 on Dec. 20, having amassed only $16 million of their $21 million goal.