Kettle campaign is launched for the Christmas season

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign was launched on Nov. 22. There are locations across Norfolk County where volunteers will be collecting donations that support their programs all year long. Pictured are Kettle co-ordinator Frank MacMaster, Kettle support worker Jean Montgomery, Major Rick Honcharsky, and community and family services manager Terri Simmons. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record

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The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser of the year was launched on Nov. 22.

The organization’s kettle campaign raises funds for a variety of program including helping those with alcohol and drug addictions, people dealing with homelessness, and food programs.

There will be kettle locations across Simcoe, Port Dover, Waterford, and Delhi.

Money given to the kettle campaign is all kept local, with 86 cents of every dollar going directly into programming.

Volunteers are still needed to stand with the kettles across the county. Shifts are usually two hours between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. All Simcoe locations will have the volunteers stationed inside buildings.

Along with the kettles, the Salvation Army is also running an angel toy drive. Canadian Tire Simcoe, the Simcoe Branch of the Norfolk County Public Library, and Simcoe Volkswagen, and Port Dover Scotiabank are all toy drop off locations.

The Christmas trees at these locations have tags of gift suggestions for local children if anyone is unsure of what toys to purchase. The toys are provided to families sponsored by the Salvation Army and other families throughout the area.

Salvation Army is still accepting Christmas applications for families that may need assistance. Applications are accepted from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays at the church at 184 Colborne Street North in Simcoe.

Anyone with questions or looking to volunteer can reach out to kettle co-ordinator Frank MacMaster at 519-909-9421.