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Kettle campaign surges to success in final days

The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign came to a successful conclusion after a surge in volunteers effort in the final days of the campaign.
January 02, 2015 - 4:30 PM

PENTICTON - The final days of Penticton Salvation Army’s 2014 Christmas Kettle Campaign proved to be very productive.

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Coordinator Trish Dobrik was ecstatic to report Jan. 2, 2015 that the campaign ended up exceeding its target due to a surge in donations and volunteer effort in the final days.

“Let me just say that I believe in Christmas miracles,” Dobrik said.

“A week and a half before Christmas we were just over halfway to our goal of $90,000 - now we are at $91,037.70. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the final tally. Such amazing generosity. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the media and the public."

Dobrik admitted it was the toughest campaign she had ever worked, lacking volunteers through much of it.

“In the last few days we had a surge of 18 volunteers, people calling me up and saying ‘where can I jump in?’ It was incredible.”

Dobrik said the funds will be used by Salvation Army to run its food bank through 2015.

“It covers all the services to do with the food bank. It’s huge,” she said. Having once been in need of the food bank herself at one time, Dobrik said her work with Salvation Army was a real eye-opener.

“It’s a constant cycle of sending out to those in need and receiving from the public,” she said. “When that grace is presented to you, you realize how important it is.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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