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Happy Valley-Goose Bay Salvation Army raises $78,000 in Kettle campaign

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones stopped to donate to the Salvation Army Kettle Appeal in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The fundraiser topped $78,000 this year.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones stopped to donate to the Salvation Army Kettle Appeal in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The fundraiser topped $78,000 this year. - Submitted

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – The Salvation Army Kettle Appeal in Happy Valley-Goose Bay raised just over $78,000 this year, a substantial increase over 2016.
Capt. Brent Haas with the church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay said the amount needed and raised has been increasing over the years, so this year they set the bar high.
“It did exceptionally well,” Haas told the Labradorian. “We were a bit ambitious maybe – some certainly thought it was ambitious and some thought borderline crazy.”
The Salvation Army set a goal for $70,000 this year, a $15,000- increase over the 2016 total of $55,000. They hit the goal on Dec. 23 and by the end of day on Christmas Eve had raised just over $78,000.
“That is a huge increase from last year and we were just absolutely overwhelmed and humbled and so appreciative of the resounding support of the community,” said Haas. “The corporate side of things, community groups and everyday citizens – they all contributed for us to have had such an exceptional campaign.”
Haas said considering the Upper Lake Melville area has only 10,000 people, the amount is particularly impressive. In other, larger communities a lot of people from outside come in to shop, which doesn’t happen as much in this area.
Haas said more people are using the Salvation Army’s services and programs, whether due to increased need or increased visibility of the programs offered.
The Kettle campaign is the main source of funding for the Salvation Army’s programs and services, so this amount will allow the church to maintain its current services and put some funds aside in case of emergencies.
“It also gives us a reserve for situations, like what happened in Mud Lake, or forest fires,” said Haas. “Last year we didn’t have the money in our budget for what happened in Mud Lake – you can’t predict things like that when you’re doing up your budget for fiscal year.”

 

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