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Sally Ann adapts Fundraising for the Iconic Christmas Kettle Campaign $150,000 Goal Set for Abbotsford

Abbotsford, BC, November 13th, 2020 – The Salvation Army –Abbotsford will officially launch its 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign on Monday, November 23rd, its largest public fundraising drive of the year. The Salvation Army provides practical assistance in 400 communities across the country to vulnerable individuals at Christmastime and throughout the year. As the coronavirus continues to impact lives, it is expected that the need for support will continue to grow in the coming months.

“Folks will notice some changes this year, fewer kettle locations, 13 in Abbotsford and 5 in Mission, hosted by wonderful volunteers and paid workers, comments Kim Hissink, Fundraising Coordinator, “we are equipping everyone with PPE and adhering to local and provincial guidelines for social distancing.” “The traditional kettle kick-off event that is hosted by The Abbotsford Pilots will not take place this year, but we are getting creative and will be producing a short kick-off video that will be uploaded for everyone to enjoy”, continues Hissink. “The Angel Tree will once again be in Sevenoaks Shopping Centre from November 30th to December 14th – allowing the community to choose tags and shop for the wish list of local children.”

With a national $23 million fundraising goal, and a goal for Abbotsford/Mission of $150,000, the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables local Salvation Army units to provide practical assistance to thousands of individuals and families who have met with hard times. This year due to the coronavirus, more and more people are facing new financial challenges and frightening realities.

Locally, the “R” family knows firsthand how The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign supports vulnerable families. “With gratitude and a brimming heart, our family would like to express how impactful The Salvation Army Centre of Hope has been in our lives during the Christmas season, and throughout the year. We are a hardworking family, with a very modest income, and we often times find ourselves with very little come Christmas time.” Last year the family registered for the Angel Tree Program and received gifts for their children they would not have been able to provide. There were presents under the tree from Santa for the children and they experienced a magical Christmas.
Last year, across the country The Salvation Army helped more than 1.9 million people, providing 3.3 million free meals, assisting 233,000 with Christmas food hampers and toys, and over 1.3 million with food, clothing or practical help.
The demand for food and practical assistance is increasing. The Salvation Army in Abbotsford has provided over 1,800 hampers to date, a 50% increase over 2019 by partnering with the Abbotsford School District over the summer months and providing daily hampers for families and individuals from the Emergency Pantry at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope on Gladys Avenue.

“The Salvation Army has been serving the community of Abbotsford for over 35 years” say Captains Ruth & Ian Gillingham. “This year is unlike any other as we have worked alongside our community partners to care for and meet the needs of so many. At this time of year, which is normally a time of fun, festivity, and family celebration we are facing uncertainty, isolation, and other unnamed challenges. This Christmas season, The Salvation Army will continue to be mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship due to the generosity of our donors and volunteers.”
The campaign would not be possible without the support of numerous local corporate partners, including BC Liquor Stores, Canadian Tire, Costco, HighStreet Shopping Centre, London Drugs, Save-on-Foods, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, Superstore and Walmart.

Beyond donating to The Salvation Army’s physical Christmas kettles, FilltheKettle.com, a Salvation Army mobile site, will enable donors to give through their mobile devices or computers. Users of FilltheKettle.com can also host their own online kettle and encourage their friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to donate to The Salvation Army.
Donations to the 2020 Christmas Campaign can also be made in person or via mail to The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope – 34081 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8 or by calling 604.852.9305 Ext. 138.

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Country 107.1 and Zacharias Vickers LLP Kids Tools for School Backpack Program

Country 107.1 and Zacharias Vickers LLP are giving kids the tools to succeed this upcoming 2020/2021 school Season.

Along with Murray GM Abbotsford and Salvation Army Centre of Hope Abbotsford and through supportive donors and sponsors in our community, we’re ensuring kids will be school ready and have the tools that they need to succeed.

Country 107.1 and Zacharias Vickers LLP Kids Tools for School Backpack Program will help to provide a backpack and school supplies to low income children. Despite a family’s financial status, it will assist in removing the barriers that stand in front of their individual learning and will give each child who benefits from this program the chance to reach their full potential during this school year, and in life!

This year, more than ever, there is a need to help children whose families won’t be able to afford the school supplies that they need this year for school, whether the kids go back to school in person, or experience e-learning and homeschool. This year, the program hopes to help over 200 kids.

If you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to help out and donate to ensure that children receive the tools that they need you can contact Kim Hissink at Salvation Army Centre of Hope 604.852.9305 ext. #138 or  via email at khissink@sacascade.ca

Even a small donation will make a huge difference to a child in need. Can you help join us to make it happen?

If you feel that your child will benefit from this program, please contact Kim Hissink at Salvation Army Centre of Hope 604.852.9305 ext. #138 or via email at khissink@sacascade.ca to apply for a Country 107.1 and Zacharias Vickers LLP Kids Tools for School Backpack.

Thrift Store and Donation Drop-Off Now Open

We are happy to announce that both the Thrift Store and Donation Drop-Off are once again open. We are open to serve you as follows:

Shopping Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Drop-off Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9:30am – 3pm, CLOSED Wednesdays for drop offs.
Address: 34081 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8
Telephone: 604-852-9305 Ext. #139

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For more information, you can download PDF files with more details below.

Thrift Store PDF Donation Drop-Off PDF

Thrift Store is Currently Closed

The Salvation Army Thrift Store is currently close for both shopping and drop offs. We thank you for patience and understanding during this closure and please check in regular for updates!

Local Charity Exceeds Goal

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign managed to hit provincial and national fundraising targets this year, raising$4.16 million and $23.5 respectively.

In Abbotsford we raised just over $121,000, which will stay right here to help the community–an increase over 2018 of approximately $20,000.

Due to the high cost of living in British Columbia, more people than ever are living at or below the poverty line. Across Canada one in seven struggle to make ends meet. The annual Christmas campaign depends on this critical time of year to supply funding for programs and services to help these people, especially those in our community.

“Funds raised during the campaign stay local to help feed, clothe and shelter some of our most vulnerable citizens,” says spokesperson Kim Hissink, Fundraising Coordinator

“In many cases we are dealing with our most vulnerable citizens, many of whom are living in crisis.These funds will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of the individuals and families we serve. And it is because of our community and volunteers … thank you.”

Each year, the Army relies on numerous corporate partners, including Walmart Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited, Costco, BC Liquor Stores, Canadian Tire, Save-on-Foods, Sobeys and many more, who generously allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their stores.

Although Christmas is over, The Salvation Army continues to assist vulnerable people every day of the year. Over 1.7 million people were helped last year and we expect this number to increase in 2020.

To make a financial contribution for the Abbotsford / Mission area, or to volunteer your time, please visit www.centreofhope.net or call 604.852.9305.

“Gloria’s” Story – Restoration * Hope for the Future * Healing

Many of the women we see in the shelter are victims of abuse, sex trafficking and exploitation. We are committed to providing assistance, compassion, and a holistic approach, so they can begin to heal.

A shelter staff member, “Gloria” experienced hardship on the streets with addiction and homelessness. She shares with the women that they are God’s beautiful works of art and that they have value. She sees parts of herself in so many of them, and it breaks her heart because she remembers how terribly painful it was to be in their position. Many people showed her kindness along the way -she wasn’t always able to accept it -but she never forgot them.

Gloria’s wounds are being healed as she takes care of others. The idea of preserving her own dignity was foreign to her. She sees that in a lot of the women at the shelter and she follows the example of those who treated her as though her dignity meant something even though she didn’t believe it.

Gloria feels very motherly towards the women in the shelter, no matter what their age. In her addictions she didn’t mature at all, and it wasn’t until she began to walk with God at the age of 52 that she started to grow up.

Gloria shares -“When I wash and fold their laundry, I’m always mindful of a moment in my old life when a nurse handed me a change of clothes after a traumatic experience.” The clothes were folded, and something about this motherly touch broke through all the barriers she had up, for just a moment, and she felt somehow comforted. Gloria is now paying that forward when she folds the residents’ laundry.

Welcome to Corps Officers & Pastors – Ruth and Ian Gillingham

Ian and Ruth are not new to British Columbia as Ian grew up on the North Shore of Vancouver and Ruth was born just down the road at Murrayville.

Their paths crossed when Ruth’s parents, who were Salvation Army officers, were appointed to work in Vancouver at The Salvation Army Men’s Social Services. On her first Sunday attending Cariboo Hill Temple Corps, Ian was door greeting and welcomed Ruth back to BC. Soon they were dating and 31 years later they are appointed as officers to Cascade Community Ministry in beautiful Abbotsford. The Ministry includes Cascade Community Church and the Centre of Hope.

They have been blessed by God with five children, Derek (26), Caitlyn (22), Jacob (20), Hannah (18), and Jeremiah (13) and lots of adventure. Every child has been born in a different city or town. All are presently residing in Toronto and Pine Lake, Alberta, with plans to be living in 5 different communities in Canada and the U.S. this September.

For the last four years Ian and Ruth were in the role of Divisional Youth Secretary’s (DYS) in Alberta and Northern Territories. That position oversees the children and youth work of The Salvation Army throughout Alberta and the Northern Territories as well as the summer camping ministry which provides economically challenged families the opportunity to send their children to camp for a week. In addition to responsibilities as a DYS, Ian was the Divisional Candidates Secretary (officer recruitment) and Ruth was an Area Commander for the AB & NT Division.

Prior to this appointment with youth and children, both Ian and Ruth have had experience in various Salvation Army ministry contexts, from being an assistant administrator for a youth corrections facility in Nanaimo to the Executive Director of the Northwest Territories Resource Centre and Bailey House (transitional housing) to overseeing chaplaincy at a Provincial Detention Centre, planting a missional church in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, outreach work to marginalized women at risk, and being pastors in a number of different communities. These diverse opportunities have served to foster a deep care for people and a conviction that the good news of Jesus Christ offers hope to all that transcends any circumstance of life.

Ian and Ruth come with a desire to enter into the vibrant community of Abbotsford and partner together with those who are already at work serving to build the community of God here on earth.