Staff at the Salvation Armys Caring Place realized they left out a key piece of information when asking people to participate in their new text-to-donate program.
A $5 donation can be made by texting HOPE1016 to 45678.
In addition to their new electronic collection method rolled out this year in Maple Ridge, the Sally Ann is still collecting through its traditional methods as well.
The most popular and most visible is the Christmas kettle campaign.
But as reported in The TIMES earlier this week, kettle donations are down by $9,000 so far this year compared to 2011.
Salvation Armys Caring Place director Darrell Pilgrim is worried programs will have to be cut if they dont get enough donations.
Its the local programs... that the kettle money goes towards, he said.
While the shelter and cold, wet weather beds are funded by the government, the kettle donations keep local programs going.
The money supports the daily meals they serve at noon at the Caring Place, which is accessed by 600 individuals per month, many of them seniors and families. Surveys have shown that 86 per cent of the people who come for a free lunch from Monday to Friday are from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, Pilgrim said.
It also supports the school lunch program, Sonias Cradle that helps mothers of infants with formula and diapers and extras for their babies; it also helps to pay for 50 kids to go to camp in the summer.
Its frustrating to think we might have to cut some of those services, Pilgrim said.
Last year, the Salvation Army kettles, which are manned by volunteers in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows brought in $90,000, and Pilgrim said they had set the same goal for this year.
Volunteers are needed to ring the kettle bells for two-hour shifts in the community.
Theres still lots of kettle hours to fill, Pilgrim said.
To sign up for a shift, call Amy McNutt at 604463-8296 ext. 104 or email email@example.com.
Donors can look for kettles outside the larger stores and malls in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
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