The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees will be placed in various businesses in Williams Lake with ornaments displaying gift buying suggestions for children in need. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees will be placed in various businesses in Williams Lake with ornaments displaying gift buying suggestions for children in need. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Salvation Army holiday kettle campaign gearing up

Angel Trees will be located at Walmart, Winners and The Realm of Toys

It is the ongoing generosity of the community the Williams Lake Salvation Army is counting on as its Christmas campaign gets underway.

In 2019 the Christmas kettle campaign raised $72,000.

Captain Tatiana Kachanova noted this year’s campaign runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 24 with red kettles at retail locations manned by volunteers.

Last year’s donations supported the army’s meal programs with 23,482 meals provided, the drop-in center which was visited 18,116 times, the food bank with 1,877 hampers given out, referral services for housing and addiction, provided furniture, household items, school supplies and summer camp assistance for children.

The army also served Christmas lunch for 187 residents and distributed over 550 Christmas hampers to low income families and singles. This year they hope to raise, again, $72,000 to continue offering services in Williams Lake.

There are several ways the community can help.

Volunteer for a two or four-hour shift at a participating kettle location of such as Walmart, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Freshco, the BC Liquor and Jacks Wines & Spirits.

Sponsor a kettle by donating $250.00 and the Salvation Army will place a kettle in your name in a location of choice for one day.

A company name will be displayed at the kettle as a sponsor for the day.

Another option is to adopt a kettle by finding volunteers to man a kettle of choice for a day whether it’s family, friends, co-workers, or neighbours ask people to take a shift throughout the day at your kettle.

The group’s name will be displayed to let the public know.

Read more: New cargo van for Williams Lake Salvation Army

Consider giving a tax-deductible donation or using a tip-tap feature on one of the kettle locations

Donations can also be made online by going to FILLTHEKETTLE.COM and choose Salvation Army Williams Lake.

Tamara Robinson, director of family services and community outreach said this year’s Christmas dinner will be served as take-out on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“We will be handing out bags with prepared turkey dinner from the front of our building.”

Hamper registration is on now, Monday to Friday this week from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the dining hall.

The Angel Trees will be located at Walmart, Winners and The Realm of Toys.

Robinson said each angel represents a child in the community that is registered with the Salvation Army this year. Each angel will have a gift suggestion on it — a gift their parents would have wanted to buy them for Christmas.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a family is asked to e-mail Robinson and she will forward more information about the Christmas sponsorship program.

Her e-mail is

Read more: Williams Lake Salvation Army providing Thanksgiving hampers

Any questions, come find the digital team on Slack! Thank you!

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salvation ArmyWilliams Lake

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

Just Posted

Williams Lake RCMP have announced a new officer in charge, Myron Friesen, of Grande Prairie, Alta. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Longtime Williams Lake RCMP officer in charge leaving, new replacement announced

Insp. Jeff Pelley has been with the Williams Lake RCMP since 2016

Interior Health has declared the Cariboo Chilcotin a community cluster. (Angie Mindus photo)
Interior Health declares Cariboo Chilcotin region a COVID-19 cluster, 215 cases since Jan. 1

Most cases are related to transmission at social events and gatherings in Williams Lake

A boil water advisory has been lifted for residents in Williams Lake as of Thursday, Jan. 21. (File photo)
Boil water advisory lifted for Westridge, golf course, Terra Ridge area

Potable water sample tests showed water safe to consume

Aside from being a retired librarian and member of the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy, Lil Mack advocates or literacy with her own little book box out front at her Ninth Avenue North home. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Our Hometown: Advocating for literacy

Lil Mack has been with Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy since its inception

The City of Williams Lake is awaiting the arrival of seven terrain park features typically found at ski hills to create more winter recreational opportunities in Boitanio Park. (Arena Snowparks Instagram)
City shows cool side with winter, Boitanio rail park

“We’re just waiting for their arrival and a little more snow,” Atkinson said.

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Jan. 21 marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century, according to some. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century is upon us

Milestone won’t be back for another 100 years

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Vancouver flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

The top part of the fossil burrow, seen from the side, with feathery lines from the disturbance of the soil – thought to be caused by the worm pulling prey into the burrow. (Paleoenvironntal Sediment Laboratory/National Taiwan University)
PHOTOS: SFU researchers find evidence of ‘giant’ predatory worms on ocean floor

Fossils found the prove the existence of an ancient Taiwanese worm as long as two metres

RCMP officers provide policing for 63 B.C. municipalities under a provincial formula based on population. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. communities warned of upcoming RCMP unionization costs

Starting salaries for city police officers are 30% higher

Most Read