Gordo registers for a Salvation Army Christmas at the Comox Valley Community Church. Also pictured is Alastair Hunting

Salvation Army delivering hampers this week in Comox Valley

The Salvation Army is raising funds to add a bit of Christmas cheer to the less-fortunate members of the community.

The Salvation Army is in the midst of its busiest season, raising funds to add a bit of Christmas cheer to the less-fortunate members of the community.

Kettle volunteers will continue ringing bells at various locations until Christmas Eve, by when the Sally Ann hopes to raise $282,000. As of last week, it had only reached 40 per cent of the target.

“We’re really needing some assistance in that area,” Pastor Darryl Burry said. “That’s a huge need. That not only supports our programs at Christmastime but it supports us throughout the entire year, so it’s really important.”

A new initiative to supplement the hamper program is a backpack program to provide practical items such as toothpaste and socks — maybe even a Tim Horton’s gift card — to individuals without a fixed address.

“Very practical that we can bless someone who is homeless on Christmas morning,” Burry said. “As we hand out Christmas hampers, we recognize a lot of people who have no fixed address, they don’t have a way to cook a meal.”

Hampers will be distributed Dec. 18 to 20 at the building formerly occupied by Sprott-Shaw Community College in Courtenay near 29th and Cliffe.

Last Christmas, the Salvation Army distributed 544 hampers in the Comox Valley. Hampers provide food and toys for families.

Donations can be made online by credit card via the Virtual Kettle at www.cvsalarmy.ca.

“Every penny stays here,” Burry said. “It’s a really easy way to support us, and you get your income tax receipt e-mailed to you within a matter of minutes.”

Donations can also be made by mail or in person at the Salvation Army Church Office at 1580 Fitzgerald Ave., and at Sally Ann thrift store locations.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Island College alum goes from refugee to full scholarship winner

Submitted by NIC North Island College alumnus Jack Basha is preparing to… Continue reading

Nanwakolas Council makes donation to North Island College to support First Nation students

The money was raised at the 2019 Nanwakolas golf tournament.

North Island College launches virtual orientation

New and returning North Island College students are being welcomed to the… Continue reading

Comox Valley artist expands horizons through North Island College’s DIGITAL Design department

Submitted by NIC North Island College alumna Marlee Pestell is breaking into… Continue reading

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Dinosaurs revived for animatronic auction in Langley

More than 500 robot dinosaurs, fossils, and exhibition gear are going on the block Aug. 6

B.C. paramedics responded to a record-breaking 2,700 overdose calls in July

Province pledges $10.5 million for expansion of overdose prevention response

Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Earlier in July both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

Cyclist in hospital after being hit by load of lumber hanging from truck on B.C. highway

A man is in hospital with broken ribs, punctured lung and a broken clavicle and scapula

Most Read