Thursday night’s inaugural event launched the Guelph Salvation Army’s holiday campaign.

Last year, the campaign was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as the organization was forced to withdraw all of its volunteers.

However, Corps Officer Peter van Duinen said they learned to adapt.

He said that this year they have returned to buy contactless faucet devices at Christmas Kettle stands.

“We have three tap options: a $ 5, $ 10 and $ 20 option. And of course, charity receipts will be issued to those who make donations at the Christmas kettles,” van Duinen said.

Van Duinen said there is also an online option if people want to donate at home. He said there is a donation page at the Salvation Army Guelph website.

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The agency said help is needed for a number of initiatives, including the Christmas Kettle campaign and the Christmas toy and food basket distribution program.

Van Duinen said you can online registration for the Christmas Kettle campaign.

“They can check the kettle shifts and hours for each of the locations and they can choose based on their availability,” he said.

He added that the shifts last about two hours each.

Van Duinen said that if people prefer to register by phone, they can call the Salvation Army’s Guelph Citadel at 519-836-9360.

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He said they also rely on about 100 volunteers for their basket program, which begins in late December. Van Duinen said volunteers are needed to assemble and pack boxes of food and toys and then deliver them to families.

He said you can sign up for him Guelph Salvation Army Volunteer Program Online.

The Salvation Army in Guelph plans to raise $ 340,000. Approximately $ 170,000 will come from the Kettle campaign and another $ 170,000 will come from the mail campaign.

The funds will go towards the purchase of toys and food for needy families.

The Christmas campaign runs from November 18 to December 24.

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