Nathanael Bedford, Robbie and Heidi Hutchinson and Sarah Marks wait to hand out steaming plates of turkey to anyone who happened to walk through the door of the Salvation Army during their annual Christmas dinner. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Salvation Army tops $100,000 in local fundraising campaign, looks to future

Sally Ann offering emergency disaster courses free of charge in February

The Williams Lake Salvation Army raised more than $116,000 through their Christmas Kettle Campaign this holiday season.

The charity’s goal was $90,000. Their final total was $116,275, more than $36,000 over what they had hoped.

The money is raised through the group’s kettles, that are manned throughout the holiday season in stores across town, as well as cash or cheque donations given to the Salvation Army at Christmas time.

“That’s actually phenomenal,” says Salvation Army executive director Dawn Butt.

“Not everybody gets to say that they beat their goal by that much or at all. For us, it just really shows that the community is really behind us and supports us in everything that we are trying to help do in the community.”

The money will go towards supporting the soup kitchen, food bank, programming for clients in the drop in centre, as well as costs should a client need to go into treatment.

“It gives us the opportunity to be able to look at trying different programming so that our clients are not just hanging out.”

Butt says the Salvation Army is working with other agencies to further their commitment in the community, and they are thankful for the financial boost.

“Without the community support we can’t do anything. We wouldn’t be able to do our soup kitchen, or drop in centre. It just wouldn’t be financially feasible. It just shows how much the community appreciates what we do and it just helps us to give back more because it’s not just the financial part. It is the encouragement of having that community support behind you.”

The local Salvation Army has big goals for the future.

In February, the Salvation Army is offering three emergency disaster courses free of charge.

On Feb. 9, Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services will be offered at 6 p.m., On Feb. 10, Disaster Food Services will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and Incident Command will be offered at 12:30 p.m.

Anyone is welcome at all or any of the three courses, says Butt.

The courses will allow people to volunteer during emergency situations, like those faced during this summer’s wildfires, but also smaller emergencies.

Butt says the hope is to acquire an emergency disaster truck, similar to a food truck, that would enable them to better respond to situations in the community.

“Our goal would then be, when places have a larger scale fire, we could have a truck out there supplying needs for not only victims of emergencies, but also responders to the fires.”

Butt says the truck could be brought to house fires, or situations like the Tolko fire.

Currently, she says, if they want to respond they have to do everything from the building, and then need special equipment to bring food or other supplies out to a scene.

“There are limits to what we can do, where as if we have the bigger truck the limits are not quite so limited.”

The three courses will help expand their volunteer list of people who are trained to respond to an emergency.

“Whether it is meet and greet, or helping to cook the food, it helps us in general just to have that wider base. It’s a great tool to meet people in the community and it helps us keep connected.”

The courses will train potential volunteers on how different disasters are handled and will walk people through what they could expect while helping during a disaster.

Butt asks that people register ahead of time by calling 250-392-2423 ext. 216 or by emailing dawn_butt@can.salvationarmy.org by Jan. 31

 

Tamara Robinson hands a Christmas gift to Lucy XXX during the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas dinner. Tara Sprickerhoff photo

Just Posted

ZONE 8: Gabby Knox is a 2nd-generation BC Summer Games competitor

Both parents competed in softball, but Knox of Williams Lake is making waves in the pool

This year’s 25th anniversary of Tour de Cariboo to be the last

This year’s Tour de Cariboo fundraiser will celebrate 25 years of memories.

Tl’etinqox community strengthed by 2017 wildfires, says chief

Residents denied evacuation order to help themselves

West Fraser continues burned timber salvage in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Two cutting permits will allow the company to harvest 227,000 cubic metres of burnt timber

2017 fire babies pose for photo one year later

23 babies and their moms gathered for a photo shoot at the Williams Lake Fire Department

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge two B.C. wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

ZONE 7: Players’ insistence delivers North West softball team to BC Games

North West hasn’t had a girls softball team since 2010 but that changed at the Cowichan Summer Games

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Most Read