Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Campaign

Kettles placed at three locations in St. Marys; volunteers needed


  • Community   Wednesday, November 24, 2021   Pat Payton
Mayor Al Strathdee, left, and Major Rick Honcharsky pose for a photo beside the kettle in McDonald's Independent Grocer. The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign last Friday, with kettles at three locations in town.  (Payton phot


Mayor Al Strathdee, left, and Major Rick Honcharsky pose for a photo beside the kettle in McDonald's Independent Grocer. The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign last Friday, with kettles at three locations in town. (Payton phot


By Pat Payton
The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign in St. Marys last Friday, Nov. 19.
The kettles have again been placed at three locations: Scotiabank downtown, McDonald's Independent Grocer and Stonetown Foodland.
"Our goal for our kettles in St. Marys is $50,000," Sally Ann Major Rick Honcharsky told the Independent. "We are in need of volunteers (who need to be double-vaccinated) at our locations in St. Marys."
Those wishing to volunteer at the kettles should contact Jennifer Morris at 519-703-5892.
Very generous community
Honcharsky describes the generosity of St. Marys people as "unprecedented" to anything he's seen in his long Salvation Army career, he told the media at last Friday's kick-off.
"People are very generous in this community, and we really appreciate their support," the Major said. "I've been with the Salvation Army in Ontario and British Columbia, and flip-flopping back and forth. I've never seen the strong community sense like I have here in St. Marys.
"We see that with our foodbank donations. When people come to us and say 'how can we help?', that's great."
Foodbank requests keep rising, Honcharsky pointed out.
"It's kind of discouraging, but what's very positive is that food donations keep increasing as well. For instance, schools in this community have done food drives. I've picked up all the food, and I realize I need a bigger truck," he said with a laugh.
"To see the young people take an active interest in their community is very positive."
More important than ever
St. Marys Mayor Al Strathdee was on hand to help launch last Friday's Christmas Kettle Campaign.
"I think the Kettle Campaign is more important than ever," Strathdee told the newspaper. "We've seen it through the pandemic, a lot of people are hurting in terms of housing costs, the cost of living and increased food prices.
"There's people in the community who are struggling, and small businesses are struggling, too, so more than ever this campaign is very important. Local people have been very generous and supportive of the Salvation Army in the past, and it's incredibly important that we support them again this year," he added.
On the kettles, it states, 'Change a life. Your donation will make a difference in someone's life.'