Fundraising shortfall for Salvation Army

Central Okanagan chapter down $325,000 from reaching its $700,000 fundraising goal.

  • Dec. 16, 2015 12:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army Central Okanagan is behind by $325,000 in reaching its fundraising goal of $700,000 to help families during the Christmas season and fund other ongoing services throughout the year.

“ We are one of the few organizations that hasn’t raised its fundraising goal in a market where prices are going up. This goal is the same as the last few years.” says Pastor Darryl Burry, executive director for The Salvation Army Central Okanagan.

“With the increase of need to more individuals it becomes even more vital and urgent for us to reach this amount, if not surpass it, to sustain meeting needs throughout 2016.“

With one week left to go in the Kettle Campaign the “army” of Kettle Bell Ringers will be out full force right up until Dec. 24.

“With more people not carrying cash around they often intend to make a donation, but sometimes forget. Many people don’t know they can donate online 24/7. We feel truly honoured that we are trusted to be the hands of the community to serve the community. If only we could experientially share the stories of those who receive the help. Tears of joy, relief and gratitude flow abundantly,” said Burry.

“But we cannot do what we do without the communities financial support.”

Outside of the fundraising concerns, Burry noted it has been a record breaking year for many of the events that support The Salvation Army and it will also be a record breaking year for the number of people we are helping just this Christmas season.

To date, the Salvation Army Central Okanagan has seen 969 children registered to receive toys at Christmas while 553 families will receive food support so far.

Besides Kettle campaign donations, contributions can also be made online at (folllow the links to the secure donation form), at the Salvation Army community church site, 1480 Sutherland Rd., or at any London Drugs store check-out counter.

The Salvation Army Central Okanagan is also still accepting food and toy donations.

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