Kelowna Salvation Army believes it will hit its Christmas campaign goal by the time all of the donations finish rolling in from the generous population.
The organization set an ambitious goal of $700,000 during the recently completed holiday season, and as of Friday it had received $696,000. It didn’t hit the goal by its deadline, but it expects to top the mark by the time all is said and done.
The Salvation Army was able to provide Christmas to 526 families, including more than 1,000 toys.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of this community,” Cpt. Darryl Burrey, Kelowna Salvation Army’s executive director, said in a press release. “The financial support we received from our Christmas campaign supports the year-round programming and services we offer here in Kelowna-Lake Country.
“We are so deeply thankful to all those who made this campaign a success, for the thousands of volunteers who rang bells, sorted toys, counted donations, packed bags, participated in our Christmas events and so much more. We are so blessed to have a community that cares for others and wants to make an impact in people’s lives.”
The Salvation Army this year introduced contactless payment at four of its kettle locations, allowing the public to tap their debit or credit cards.
“We hope to continue to provide this service at key locations in the future,” Burry said. “However, what needs to be noted is that the bulk of our donations still come in the form of cash. It is truly amazing to experience that when many people give, even a small amount, it makes a huge difference.”
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