The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign in Abbotsford raised $121,000 – an increase of approximately $20,000 over the previous year.
The agency also reached its provincial and national fundraising targets of $4.16 million and $23.5 million.
Kim Hissink, local fundraising coordinator, said funds raised in Abbotsford stay in the community to help feed, clothe and shelter people in need.
“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,” she said.
Hissink said that, 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, she said. The annual Christmas campaign supplies funding for programs and services throughout the year.
The Salvation Army relies on numerous corporate partners who allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their stores over the holiday season, and continues to assist vulnerable people every day of the year.
Visit centreofhope.net or call 604-852-9305 to make a donation for the Abbotsford-Mission area or to volunteer.