COLUMNS: Support the Salvation Army

Hard to believe that winter is just around the corner.

Hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. As the holiday season approaches, it’s important that we reach out and help those in need.

The Williams Lake Salvation Army is a huge beacon of support to people in Williams Lake. Recently, the Salvation Army launched its yearly kettle campaign and needs your help to help those in need this holiday season. If you would like to donate, please consider the invaluable work they do.

Giving time as a volunteer is helpful, too. A Christmas kettle campaign shift consists of two hours at one of six different locations around town: Safeway, Save-on-Foods, BC Liquor Store, Wal-Mart, Canadian Wholesale and Canadian Tire.

The kettle campaign is one of the Salvation Army’s most important fundraising events. It supports the Salvation Army’s initiatives like the food bank program. Volunteers are also needed to stock shelves, sort food supplies and make food hampers.

In addition to running the food bank, the Salvation Army needs help distributing Christmas hampers and toys on December 18. Individuals and businesses can sponsor a family for Christmas by purchasing food and toys.

On Dec. 25, cooks, servers and cleaners are needed to help put on 12 p.m. Christmas dinner at 273 Borland Street.

If each of us were to do something, even if you only have an hour to spare, imagine how much brighter Christmas could be for everyone.

If you want to help the Salvation Army make the holiday season brighter for people in Williams Lake, call Captain Isobel Lippers at 250-392-2423, extension 214.

Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.