ZIZ News, Basseterre, St. Kitts — The Salvation Army St Kitts is hoping that residents and businesses remember the true meaning of Christmas and give to those in need.
On Saturday The Salvation Army launched its Christmas Kettle Appeal — an exercise intended to raise funds from which the organization will use to give to those in need
Major Marjorie Campbell said “things such as food, clothing and shelter are sometimes hard to obtain. Funds raised through donations made at the Christmas Kettle, together with other funds or sources of funds help to provide these people with what they need.”
CIBC First Caribbean International Bank continues its own long standing tradition of donating through the Christmas kettle by presenting the organization with a cheque for $5,000.
The bank’s country manager, Ladesa James-Williams says she knows these donations are put to good use.
“We know that the support from other businesses and individuals to this initiative has been tremendous over the years and many hundred of households in St Kitts and Nevis have benefitted from the generous contributions,” she said.
Christmas Appeal Chairman for the Salvation Army, Denzil Crooke encouraged Kittitians and Nevisians to give what they could.
“It is my hope that all those within my hearing would recognize the value of contributions to institutions like the Salvation Army which go a very long way towards alleviating some of the unnecessary pain and hardship that life infects on us,” he said
The Christmas Kettle was originally started in 1891 by Salvation Army Captain Joseph Mcfee in the United States.
Today, this initiative has spread throughout the world in countries like Japan, Korea, China, and also throughout the Caribbean.