November 24th was a big day for the Drumheller Salvation Army. The organization installed their Christmas kettles around Drumheller and kicked-off their annual, month-long tradition of collecting money to help those in need.

Captain Jennifer Hillier of the Salvation Army was on hand at the kick-off event along with the Rotarians.

"It's so great to be here today with the partnership of the Rotary Club of Drumheller, giving us a good kick-off to our Christmas campaign," explained Hillier.

The Rotary Club is sponsoring a kettle this year, which includes staffing it with volunteers to thank people for their donations.

"It's a real blessing to us to have that partnership, and their taking responsibility for this kettle is really great."

Hillier says that this year's goal is $40,000. The money will be used to support the Salvation Army and its food bank through Christmas and the New Year. The Christmas kettles are the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"This money supports us through Christmas and into 2018. We know that the need is great, and so, whatever you can give will be a help to us this season."

Volunteers are still need for two-hour shifts, at Extra Foods and at Wal-Mart. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact Jenessa at 403 823-2215.

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