Haas noted the Salvation Army has assisted people who did not have the financial means to attend family funerals out of town; sent pallets water to Hopedale this past spring; and have partnered with the Kindness Connection to provide necessities to those in need.
Haas said they often help those who fall through the cracks in terms of not meeting specific criteria for var ious programs for assistance.
“Right now, today, we are helping house five people — either in a hotel or a bed-and-breakfast, that otherwise would be on the street,” he said. “The Salvation Army is able to pay for their accommodations. Why? Because of people like you.”
Haas said every day there’s food vouchers and clothing vouchers distributed to those in need; 30 or more people who come to the Salvation Army’s monthly soup kitchens; and special dinners held for occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“What difference does the Salvation Army make because of you? It makes all the difference.
“For some who are hopeless, we give them hope. For those who are in turmoil, we give them peace. For those who feel abandoned and unloved, we’ve been able to tell them that somebody cares. And that is because of you.”
Haas said never underestimate the difference it makes to stand at the Christmas kettle, or canvass for the Red Shield campaign.
“This year, we have touched more lives in Labrador than we have ever done before. Why? Because of you.”
Haas said with the continued support of volunteers, the Salvation Army will continue make a difference in the lives of others.
This year’s Christmas kettle campaign is now underway, and will continue up to and including Christmas Eve.
Kettles will be set up at NorthMart, Terrington Co-op and the Liquor Store.