PARKSVILLE – The Salvation Army Kettles are out across the country and across the mid-Island.
The goal in Parksville this year is to raise $100-thousand with every dollar being spent locally. Parksville Community Ministries Manager Earl Blacklock says those donated dollars help them with their programs throughout the year.
“It seems that the focus is so often on Christmas time and those times of the year when the problems of poverty the need to meet needs is most evident, but it’s a year round thing,” said Blacklock.
To make it easier to make donations, Blacklock says says they’re now using their facebook page.
Donations from last year’s campaign helped the Parksville Salvation Army provide over 18-thousand hot meals at their soup kitchen, 8,000 lunches to eight different schools in School District 69. On average they also provided, on average, over 450 food hampers to a month to needy families.