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Kelowna comes through for kettle campaign with almost $1M raised

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A huge increase in demand for services from the Salvation Army of Kelowna/Lake Country in 2020 was met by a surge in donations this past Christmas.

Even though the demand for service increased by 61 per cent during the year, the Salvation Army kept its Christmas fundraising goal the same as 2019 at $700,000.

They received $929,000.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled by the support from this community,” Captain Darryl Burry, lead pastor and executive director of the Kelowna/Lake Country Salvation Army, said in a news release. “This has been a hard year, where at numerous times the financial challenges were very heavy to bear.”

In December, the chapter helped 659 households, a 25% increase over 2019, and 1,150 children were given toys for Christmas.

The need for services doesn’t end with Christmas so anyone who wants to help out can go to their website here.

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