Salvation Army kicks-off Kettle Drive Today

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Updated: November 9, 2017

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Kettle drive today. The opening was held in front of Scotia Bank on Albert Street. The initiative is one that aims at raising funds that are used in providing meals, gifts and food baskets to families in need.  Dalila Ical has the story.

“We are looking towards the support of the public throughout the Christmas period which will help us not only during the Christmas time but throughout the year to bring good cheer to those who really need help.”

And that help started to trickle in at the launch of this year’s Kettle Drive where several persons put in the first donations, including Scotia Bank Belize.

Major Joliker Leandre, the Regional Commander of the Salvation Army, says their target for this year is one hundred thousand dollars to benefit hundreds of families across Belize.

Major Joliker Leandre, the Regional Commander of the Salvation Army

“Families we have 800 families we have food parcels for them to have a good Christmas with the family members and distribution will be across Belize not only in Belize City but across Belize like Cayo, San Ignacio, Hattieville.”

Major Leandre says that some of the donations come in kind and are just as appreciated as monetary donations. The Salvation Army is confident that the Belizean public will respond as they have so generously done over the years.

Major Joliker Leandre, the Regional Commander of the Salvation Army

“The Belizean public has always been kind to the Salvation Army, in fact, everything about the whole activity is all about them because they are the whole driving force behind everything we do. They not only volunteer to go at the kettles, to ring the bell but there are those who will donate funds and the business community will send a cheque no matter how much it is but when everything comes together it will help tremendously and  throughout the Christmas period we will see a lot of smiles as a result of the kindness of the Belizean people.”

To kick start the donations, Scotiabank Belize handed over a cheque for two thousand dollars. Elio Cabañas is the Marketing Manager.

Major Joliker Leandre, the Regional Commander of the Salvation Army

“We are very happy to be a part of this big initiative with them. I think it’s very important for us in our giving back to the community that this is cause that we can relate with and support that we’ve had their presence here since last year and we certainly encourage the public to come out and also contribute towards that because they are really catering to the underserved people of Belize and it’s not Christmas if we are not taking care of everyone.”

Kettles will be positioned at several parts of the City and also in Belmopan and San Ignacio. Families who want to benefit from the effort are asked to register to be added to the list. Registrations can be done at 41 Regent Street, 12 Cemetery Road, and 25 Castle Street.