The Salvation Army rings in Christmas Kettle Campaign in Victoria

Patricia Mamic, public affairs director with The Salvation Army B.C. rings a bell alongside Patrick Humble, executive director of Victoria Community Family Services. The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Patricia Mamic, public affairs director with The Salvation Army B.C. rings a bell alongside Patrick Humble, executive director of Victoria Community Family Services. The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Patricia Mamic, public affairs director with The Salvation Army B.C., rings a bell as The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin helped ring in The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Victoria on Nov. 19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

The familiar sound of bells return to the streets of Victoria, sounding the need for donations to help feed, clothe and shelter those on Vancouver Island who need support.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign launched on Nov. 19 at the Victoria Conference Centre with B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin kicking it off with a bell-ringing.

“It’s our biggest fundraising time of the year,” said Patricia Mamic, public and government affairs director for The Salvation Army B.C. division. “This allows The Salvation Army to assist people who are living in poverty at Christmas time and all throughout the year.”

This year’s goal is to raise $250,000 with the campaign in Victoria. The Kettle Campaign hopes to raise $4 million across the province and $21.6 million across Canada.

READ ALSO: Salvation Army jingles all the way for Christmas donations

Local philanthropists, leaders and celebrities gathered for The Salvation Army’s second annual Hope in the City luncheon, which coincided with the campaign kick-off. The luncheon raised $20,000 with 225 guests in attendance. The funds will stay local to help vulnerable individuals on Vancouver Island.

The first Hero for Hope award was presented to Eric Maze, who has worked hard to overcome a series of life-changing setbacks and also become a transformative influence in the community.

“When he came into our doors he just really had nowhere to go and it was the lowest time in his life,” Mamic said. “But we were able to walk beside him, meet him where he was and he walked through our services and he is just doing wonderfully today.”

The Salvation Army works all throughout the year locally, in Canada and across the world to provide people with basics like food, shelter and clothing. The organization also helps individuals who are escaping addiction, violence and moving through poverty.

READ ALSO: Salvation Army celebrates Doughnut Girls

“We meet people where they are when they come through our doors and whatever their need is we see what we can do to help them,” Mamic said.

The Salvation Army also hands out about 300 food hampers during the Christmas season and has a toy store for parents who may not be able to afford toys, or are forced to make a choice between paying bills or buying toys for their children.

Mamic said the organization is grateful for the compassion and support it receives from the community and noted that the funds raised go right back into the community.

“Just know that with every donation you make you’re helping someone in need,” Mamic said.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Esquimalt artists take to great outdoors amid coronavirus

Group invites budding, or just willing artists, to join at Saxe Point

Langford firefighters raise $1,065 for Burn Camp

B.C. firefighters and burn survivors raise $200,068 this year for Burn Camp

Victoria church to ring bells for 75th anniversary of atomic bombings

Bells expected at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6 and 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 9

VicPD find used, uncapped needle tied to handrail in Beacon Hill Park

Officers believe the needle was put there with the intent to harm someone

Saanich Peninsula plugs into EV ownership

Sidney and Central Saanich record the second and third-highest EV ownership rate per 1,000 residents

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Woman arrested near Nanaimo beach after alleged road rage incidents

37-year-old woman facing charges including assault, assaulting a police officer, impaired driving

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Most Read