The Salvation Army believes that human dignity is a
fundamental right for all people. This years annual Christmas
campaign is aimed at raising money to support dozens of social
service programs that work to restore hope and dignity for vulnerable
individuals during the Christmas season and throughout the year.
3 million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty today.
When you give to The Salvation Army this Christmas season, you
are investing in the lives of those who struggle to access everyday
needs like food, clothing and shelter. With your help, dignity
is within reach.
In person at any of the kettles throughout Saskatoon
at 339 Avenue C South. Staff can accept donations (and
issue receipts 24 hours a day)
via mail to The Salvation Army, 339 Avenue C South, Saskatoon,
SK, S7M 1N5
Christmas campaign helps The Salvation Army provide direct,
compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.6 million people
in Canada each year. Says Commissioner William W. Francis, Territorial
Commander of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda: With
15 to 20 percent of our annual fundraising revenue collected
during the Christmas season and demand for our services at an
all time high in some areas, we are really asking the public
to dig deep.
History of the Christmas Kettle
The kettle's career as a fundraiser began in 1891 when
a Salvation Army officer, Captain Joseph McFee, resolved to
provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor of San Francisco.
From his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, the captain
remembered a large pot displayed on the Stage Landing, called
"Simpson's Pot." Passersby tossed charitable donations into
the pot. Captain McFee received permission from city authorities
to place a crab pot and tripod at the Oakland ferry landing
at the foot of San Francisco's Market Place. The kettle - and
McFee's request to "Keep the Pot Boiling!" - drew a lot of attention
from ferry passengers. So began a tradition that spread throughout
the North America and then the world. Kettles are now used around
the world. Public contributions to the kettles enable The Salvation
Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to the aged and lonely,
ill, poor and disadvantaged, inmates of jail and other institutions
-- people otherwise often forgotten.