Yellowknife Sally Ann has toys, food, needs cash donations

After being concerned they wouldn't have enough toys or food for the Christmas hampers this year, volunteers with the Salvation Army in Yellowknife say they're overwhelmed with the recent generosity of the community.

Organization needs $30,000 for kettle bell campaign

Volunteers with the Salvation Army in Yellowknife say they're overwhelmed with the recent generosity of the community. 

Last month, the organization raised concerns that its corporate sponsors hadn't donated enough food for its Christmas hampers. Over the last month though, the organization has had an influx of food donations.

The Salvation Army in Yellowknife is hoping to raise $30,000 with its kettle bell Christmas campaign. (Chitose Suzuki/Associated Press)

And on Thursday, the organization had no toys to give to children this year for Christmas, but it only took one day for Yellowknifers to start donating. 

Ian Gillingham, captain of the Salvation Army in Yellowknife, says the organization now has enough toys and food for its Christmas hampers, but is behind on raising money for the kettle bell campaign, which pays for turkeys for the families in need. 

"All the turkeys for eight communities plus Yellowknife — we're looking at $22,500 just for turkeys," he told Allison Devereaux, host of CBC North's Trail's End. "And we're giving out a hamper that is worth about $250 to over 500 families."

The Salvation Army's goal is to raise $30,000. 

The organization starts handing out its hampers on Monday.

Keep donating after Christmas: Salvation Army

Stacey Van Metre, the community coordinator with the Salvation Army in Yellowknife, hopes people will continue to donate to the organization after the Christmas season. 

She says that while there's always a high need in December, there can be an even bigger need in the following months. 

Stacey Van Metre of the Salvation Army in Yellowknife hopes people will continue to donate to the organization, especially following the Christmas season (CBC)

"People tend to have more of a need as well because Christmas can 'break them,' I guess. So we have a lot of families coming in January, February. And our other food room, which is our food room for all year, is empty."

People can drop off their donations at the Salvation Army in Yellowknife at any time. 


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