Salvation Army appealing to Barbadian Generosity for Christmas Kettle Appeal
This year’s Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle and Letter Appeal is being seen as one of the most critical in recent memory, coming amidst continuing economic challenges affecting the most vulnerable members of society.
Speaking ahead of the official launch of the Christmas Kettle appeal, taking place at 10:00 a.m. this Friday 10th November at Jubilee Gardens in the City, Community Relations Officer, Major Denzil Walcott said the road ahead would be even tougher, given the continuing response of Barbadians to hurricane impacted neighbours.
Major Walcott said the Salvation Army however remained confident in the traditional sacrificial generosity of Barbadians as a people.
“The Salvation Army is one of the agencies at the forefront of the regional hurricane relief effort, but we also cannot lose sight of our duty to serve the needs of our own less-fortunate citizens here at home. Our Christmas Kettle Appeal continues to be the main source of funds supporting our social outreach programmes, not only at Christmas but throughout the coming year 2018. Based on our assessment of the needs, we have set a target of $750, 000, and we are counting on the traditional generosity of Barbadians and our annual partners to help us to achieve that target,” Major Walcott stated.
Barbadian’s will be in for yet another entertaining treat at the Kettle Launch event which will present a fusion of Barbadian culture with traditional Christmas musical fare. The Royal Barbados Police Force Band; Ms. Gina Coulthrust; Greydon Sealy Secondary School; Major Joan Wilkinson; and Mr. Sylvester Forde are among the featured entertainers for the programme.
The kettle and letter appeals are the major fund-raising effort on the Salvation Army’s calendar, and this year again they will have Scotiabank as the major sponsor.
Also slated to deliver remarks at the event will be a representative of the Ministry of social care, along with Member of Parliament for the City of Bridgetown, Lt. Col. Jeffery Bostic and a representative of Scotiabank Barbados
Other organisations contributing to the Kettle Launch this year include RBC Royal Bank Barbados Ltd, CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Republic Bank, First Citizens Bank, Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd, and Massy United Insurance.