The Salvation Army kicked off their 2018 Kettle Campaign at the Boston Pizza in High River on Wednesday, November 21st.

Lieutenant Chad Cole says the organization needs a lot of volunteers to cover locations in High River and Okotoks this year.

"We will take as many volunteers as we can get," said Cole. "This year our kettle campaign goal is $110,000. Last year we raised $118,000 with a goal of $100,000. So if I put the goal at $110,000 maybe we will make $130,000."

He adds though they would be happy with $110,000.

The Salvation army will always put the money they raise to good use.

"Last year the six week campaign of our kettle season funded our family services for six months. The only time we are ever out in the public looking for money is this kettle campaign."

There are three kettles set up full time in High River, Monday to Saturday at Sobeys, Co-op and No Frills.

There are four locations in Okotoks depending on volunteers.

For now the Walmart has kettles from Monday to Saturday and Sobeys on Friday and Saturday.

Closer to Christmas they will be setting up as well at Costco and Save on Foods.

"As long as we get enough volunteers to help man the kettles."

Along with the kettles, Boston Pizza in High River is letting guests add a donation onto their bill.

General Manager Jeff Siffledeen says they have a button called round up for a charity.

"If guests can't make it to a kettle ball, or don't have change, everybody is paying with plastic these days feels like rounding up their bill to donate to the Salvation Army they can do that."

So if a customers bill was $45 and they wanted to donate $5 they can do that.

The resturant is collecting donations for the Salvation army until December 31st.

'It is just another way for people to donate while they are here."

To volunteer call 403-652-2195 and talk to Kartina about kettle shifts.


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