Salvation Army

Diana Walsh is among those who stand with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle at Walmart.

(Goodwin photo)

Members and volunteers with the Salvation Army hope for a generous response to its annual Red Kettle financial campaign and donation of toys as Christmas approaches.

Major Dan Roode, of the Salvation Army of Pictou County, says he hopes the Red Kettle support picks up and toys keep coming in from various sources.

“We’re off to a slow start,” he said. “A few things have changed. We were able to get back to places we couldn’t last year. We are requiring people to be double vaccinated.”

He said this is the most important time of the calendar year for donations.

“It’s our bread and butter money for the Salvation Army for the year,” he said. “The money is vital throughout the whole year. It’s a busy time for us but it’s important.”

He said having a less active campaign last year makes it challenging to regain some of the people who have served in the past.

“It’s always a challenge to rebuild our base and fill spots as they open again,” he said. “When we lose a year it’s hard, but we believe a lot of people are rising to the challenge.”

The toy campaign got a boost with the return of an Emergency Health Services (EHS) vehicle and paramedics receiving toys at Walmart on Saturday.

“We appreciate the help from the paramedics with the lights flashing and doors open,” he said. “It’s a nice sight. People want to support the toy drive.”

Besides the EHS visit, two other options are there for people wanting to donate toys: at the Christmas tree at Highland Square and the family service office in New Glasgow when the thrift store is open.

Roode also stressed how important it is for people to simply donate to the Salvation Army in lieu of contributing to the kettles or donating toys.

“It means we can spend money on toys for specific ages we’re low on,” he said. “We’re just trying to provide different options.”

Donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 850, Westville, N.S., BOK 2AO.

Reporter

Steve Goodwin is never without his camera and a notebook. He has been covering news and sports in Pictou County for more than four decades.