Salvation Army confident that Barbadians will always care at Christmas
It’s Christmas… who cares? The Salvation Army does, and they are hoping that even amidst economic austerity, Barbadians will again show how much they care by supporting the Army’s annual Christmas Kettle and Letter appeals.
Community Relations Officer, Major Denzil Walcott said the message this year would be simple and fitting in the current circumstances: “sharing is caring“.
Speaking ahead of the official launch of the annual kettle appeal being held, Friday, November 9th, at 10:00 a.m. at Heroes Square in the City, Major Walcott said The Salvation Army is remaining hopeful for a successful appeal in spite of the economic realities.
He noted that despite of the challenges, he believes that with God, the resilience and sacrificial generosity of the Barbadian people; it would be possible to meet their financial targets.
The Salvation Army is encouraged by the caring spirit of the Barbadian society who has consistently demonstrated resilience, character and generosity that is second to none.
“We have always counted on our people to give generously on behalf of their less fortunate brothers and sisters and we don’t expect this year to be any different,” Major Walcott said, “Our Christmas Kettle Appeal is our main source of fund-raising to meet the annual budget for our social outreach programmes and are seeking to raise $650,000 this year, having raised $536,000.00 last year.”
The Major encourages Barbadians to start their Yuletide season off on a positive note by supporting the upcoming Christmas Kettle Launch on Friday, November 9th, at Heroes Square.
The event will be highlighted by performances from the soulful singing of the St Leonard’s Boys, and Springer Memorial School choirs, supported by the ever popular Royal Barbados Police Force Band, and others.
Bringing greetings will be Major Darrell Wilkinson, Divisional Commander; Member of Parliament for the City of Bridgetown and Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, and Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde.
The Kettle Appeal will be officially launched by Mr. David Parks, Managing Director of Scotia Bank for the Eastern Caribbean.
Other contributing organizations include RBC Royal Bank Barbados Ltd, CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Republic Bank, Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd, Massy United Insurance, Flow, KPMG, Digicel and Abed’s.