DJ Pascual and Miranda Moore collect donations for the Salvation Army inside of The Bargain Shop. (Nick Laws / The Northern Views)

Christmas kettle season kicks off in Prince Rupert

Adults with disabilities are among the first to volunteer for the Salvation Army campaign

Christmas kettles are out for the season.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, DJ Pascual and Miranda Moore were outside the Bargain Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting donations for the Salvation Army in Prince Rupert.

Their participation was facilitated by Thompson Community Services, a program that assists adults with disabilities.

“We support them in everything they’re interested in doing and they really like to serve the community in every way that they can,” said Melanie White, employment counsellor at Thompson Community Services

“It is a really neat thing, they do feel empowered to give to other people in the community.”

The Christmas Kettle Campaign is in its 128th year and is held in 400 communities across Canada.

The Salvation Army states that last year’s campaign helped more than 1.7 million people, by providing 7,300 emergency beds every night, providing 3.2 million free meals and offering 269,000 with Christmas food, hampers and toys.

This year’s goal is to collect $21-million Canada wide.

RELATED: Opportunities for everyone to contribute



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