‘Tis the season of giving.
The Salvation Army of Ridgetown is one of many Christmas Campaigns in need of community assistance.
According to Captain Stephen Holland, Community Services Officer for the Salvation Army, the most significant need at the moment is financial assistance. He said because the costs of everything are on the rise, the price of food for their food bank has increased 35 percent over the past year.
“Most of our food is purchased, so anything monetary will allow us to purchase what we need,” said Holland. “You can imagine the impact the rise in food has hurt not only us but, more importantly, people who are trying to make ends meet.”
For those interested in making a donation, they can call the main office at 519-354-8353. Holland said they are able to take the donation over the phone, or they can stop in at any Salvation Army location in Chatham-Kent.
Holland added Christmas Kettles would be coming as soon as Nov. 19 where people can put a donation in the kettle.
“We also have TipTap machines at all kettles, and people can simply tap the 5, 10 or 20 dollars and donate,” said Holland.
The Captain added they are also in need of volunteers at their Kettles. All volunteers must have received two vaccinations.
“If anyone would like to donate a few hours of their time, it will help,” added Holland.
The Salvation Army has been helping in Chatham-Kent for nearly 140 years. Currently, there are four food banks and three Thrift Stores. Holland said the Salvation Army is able to do good within the community because of the generosity shown every year from the community itself.
“We could not have helped so many people who are in need if it wasn’t for our community,” said Holland.
Other notable Christmas campaigns happening across East Kent include Ridgetown Foodland, which is hosting a Food Drive for the Salvation Army in Ridgetown. Owner, Pierre Monette, kicked off the program by donating the first $1,000. Any monetary donation is appreciated. Those interested in donating are able to let the cashier know, and they will add it to your purchase.
Additionally, The Gift will be returning on Nov. 20 at noon. Volunteers will once again be going door-to-door collecting “Gifts” at residents’ doorsteps.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News