GRAND BANK, NL – Foodland owner/operator Roger Brooks and Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews joined members of the Community Care Ministries, which administers and coordinates the Christmas kettle campaign, to kick off this year’s initiative.
Major Phyllis Blundell-Colbourne of the Salvation Army explained the Christmas kettle is symbolic of what Christmas is all about, with the community coming together to help needy families.
She said a portion of the money donated to the Christmas kettle is passed over to the Burin Peninsula Ministerial (Southern Division) to provide vouchers to people in the area who need help.
“Everyone deserves a turkey dinner at Christmas; every child deserves to have some gifts under the tree,” said Blundell-Colbourne.
Money raised through the Christmas kettle initiative is also used throughout the year to meet community needs as they arise, she said.
“There might be a family who runs out of money at the end of the month and need help to pay their rent – we will lend a helping hand.
“A kid may not be able to attend a summer camp because the family cannot afford it. We will try to make it happen for them.
“It’s about treating people with dignity and respect. Everyone deserves that. Each case is looked at individually, but if there is a need we will be there to help.”
Brooks said the store has been supporting the Christmas kettle campaign for about 30 years.
“We will continue to support this initiative,” he said. “We believe it is very important to the community.”
Matthews presented the town’s annual donation to the Christmas kettle campaign.