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HV-GB Salvation Army holds first official launch of annual campaign

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Salvation Army held its first ever “Kettle Kickoff” on Saturday, marking its official start their annual Christmas drive. All monies raised locally will be used locally for various programs and services. Taking part in the kick off was (from left, Lieut. Melissa Haas, Lieut. Colonel Jean Hefford, Deputy Mayor Cora Hamel Pardy, Mayor Jamie Snook, MHA Keith Russell, Lieut. Colonel Douglas Hefford, and Lieut. Brent Haas.

The hot chocolate took away some of the sting in the bone-chilling temperatures as a small crowd gathered outside the Terrington Co-op last Saturday.

Officials and members of the public came together for the first ever “official” launch of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign on Nov. 30th.

This was the first official launch, as the Divisional Leaders for the Salvation Army Newfoundland and Labrador branch — Lieut. Colonel’s Douglas and Jean Hefford — were on hand to help kick off the campaign.

“I want to remind residents that 100 per cent of the funds raised in Goose Bay stay in Goose Bay,” said Lieut. Brent Haas of the HV-GB Salvation Army.

“It’s a great cause, as it assists in our Emergency Disaster Response Unit, it helps with housing and lodging for those who are homeless, provides food vouchers, and many other initiatives.”

Lieut. Haas noted this was also the first visit to Labrador by the Salvation Army’s divisional leaders for the province.

“We are grateful to those who come together to help,” said Lieut. Colonel Douglas Hefford.

“We all need each other, to bring dignity and hope to those who need help. God bless you all and Merry Christmas.”

Lieut. Colonel Jean Hefford then offered a prayer of blessing.

Mayor Jamie Snook encourages members of the public to fill the kettles this season.

“With the community growing so quickly, we sometimes forget some people are struggling to keep up,” he said.

Lake Melville MHA Keith Russell agreed.

“We’re all here to help the most vulnerable,” he said.

“Help fill the kettle.”

Lieut. Haas noted the goal this year is to raise $20,000 through the kettle campaign — last year’s campaign raised $18,000 locally.

“No question, I believe we will reach this goal,” said Lieut. Haas. “Your gift keeps on giving.”

“We would like to thank the people for their trust and support (of this campaign),” added Lieut. Colonel Hefford.

“We do our best to make sure the money is used for those who need it most.”

Kettles will be set up at North Mart and Terrington Co-op through the Christmas season. Anyone wanting to volunteer some time to man the kettles are welcome to contact the Salvation Army.

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