The saying goes 'it takes a village to raise a child' and it takes a lot of volunteers to run the Salvation Army's various programs in the Drumheller area.
Dozens of them got together at the Elim Pentacostal Church building on Monday, May 15 to celebrate another year of giving their time for local people in need.
"We've actually done a rough calculation of what it would cost us to pay people to do the (Christmas) kettles and we're at about $6,700 or $6,800," admitted Captain Jennifer Hillier, who heads up the Sally-Anne in the valley with her husband, Shane. "Because of the volunteers who stand at those kettles, all of our money goes back into the community to serve people who really need it."
"Christmas is when we do the bulk of our fund raising and we're very busy in the community, but every season seems to bring joys and challenges and people who can come along and support us," she added.
The local Salvation Army runs a church, a thrift store and the Drumheller and District Food Bank and Hillier noted they have been very busy of late.
"Last year we distributed 1,015 hampers; that's a huge number," she stated. "About 159 children are helped throughout the year by the Salvation Army and we're just so grateful for those who come along and provide their support."
Hillier also wanted to thank Mike from Pizza 249, who catered Monday's volunteer dinner.