Lethbridge Holiday Campaigns Seeking Donations This Season – Lethbridge

The iconic sounds of bells can be heard in several locations throughout Lethbridge.

The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle Drive kicked off on Thursday, which helps support a wide range of local programs.

Salvation Army Lt. Zach Marshall says this year his goal is to raise $100,000 in the city.

“In past years we have always met our fundraising goals and we don’t anticipate that changing this year,” Marshall said. “Lethbridge as a whole is a very generous community; we have great support from the people of this city.

Donations can include change or card payment.

“So this is our fourth campaign of kettles with the tap option. It took a little getting used to, of course, as a lot of people are used to putting a few dollars into our kettle… but we’re seeing great success with our tapware options.

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The Kettle Campaign opening event will be held on Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Another popular gift giving organization this season is the Angel Tree Christmas Campaign through Family Services of Lethbridge.

An annual initiative that collects unwrapped toys to distribute to children and youth in the city.

On Thursday, Avonlea Homes, the title sponsor of the Angel Tree, went on a big shopping trip to Toys “R” Us to refill dwindling supplies.

“It’s sad to be here, in that I wish I didn’t have to do this and that everything was much better in the world we live in,” said Ron Tyslau, chief customer experience officer. from Avonlea Homes. “But that’s not why we decided not to stay away, and we really didn’t because last year we donated over 625 toys, but we thought that we would intensify our efforts.”

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With the support of industry partners, Tyslau and his team have committed to purchasing more than $20,000 worth of toys this holiday.

“Our goal here at our first store is to purchase about 520 toys,” Tyslau said. “Then we will open a second store and make 500 more toys. So our goal this year is to provide 1,000 toys for the Angel Tree program.

This year, the Lethbridge Family Services team is looking to gather 3,800 toys, with donations being collected at nearly 100 drop-off locations throughout southwest Alberta.

The Angel Tree campaign runs until December 21st and the Kettle campaign ends on December 23rd.

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