Sunday July 3, 2011


Christmas In July

Over 6000 people helped monthly in Chilliwack

Submitted by Don Armstrong, SA Chilliwack


he Chilliwack Salvation Army is rallying the troops for the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Christmas in July fundraiser to help restock the community food bank.


The iconic Sally Ann kettles will be out front at Chilliwack Liquor, Walmart, Canadian Tire, grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart in Chilliwack and Sardis this Friday and Saturday.

While Food Bank is always looking for food donations, this time around they’d like your cash, July 8 and 9.

“The food bank is very low on stock,” said Don Armstrong of the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank Coordinator.

Armstrong said all money raised go towards buying food that is needed, but not always donated. “It gives us a bit more control over what we have in the food bank.

“The recent Lions “Gordon Hutton Walk and Knock” food drive brought in 7000 items on May 31st and by June 16th  it is gone.” explained Armstrong.

More than 6,000 people are assisted by the food bank, bread room, soup kitchen and shelter each month. Thirty per cent of that number is children under the age of 18.

The kettles will be out from noon until 8:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday. Last year this cheeky campaign, which saw volunteers decked out in Hawaiian shirts and leis while sitting in a lawn chair brought in $10,000. Armstrong hopes this year, the community can raise $15,000.

“This time of year, with school out and the summer holidays approaching, the need tends to get forgotten,” Armstrong said.

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