Captain Laurie Sauder with Saskatoon’s Salvation Army says last year they saw 44-hundred applications and they were able to partner 29-hundred of those families with sponsoring support while the Salvation Army itself provided 14-hundred-50 families with food and toy hampers. This year’s goal is to raise 325-thousand dollars which goes towards their Christmas effort as well as their programming throughout the year.
Today was the official Salvation Army Christmas campaign kick off. So as of today you will see the Christmas kettles and bell ringers at stores and malls across the city right up until December 24th.
Captain Sauder says last year, after a slow start, they exceeded their goal by 60 thousand dollars. She says the kettle campaign is not only their largest support effort to the community throughout the year but it is also their largest fundraising effort.