Muskoka To-DAILY

Sally Ann kettle drive meets $35,000 target in Gravenhurst; but letter campaign short

Dear Editor:

Re: Christmas campaign

December has once again come and gone, and so have the red “kettles” and chiming bells of The Salvation Army for another year.

The new year has arrived, bringing the very pleasant task of giving a heartfelt thank you to the people of Gravenhurst and area.

Captain Bonita McGory says: “We made our target of $35000 for kettles (just), but have fallen short of the target for our mail out.”

She adds: “Hopefully donations during the year will increase and make up the difference.

You have all once again stepped up to the plate and made a difference in the lives of others through your generosity and community mindedness.

Because of you The Salvation Army here in Gravenhurst has achieved our kettle totals from last year and while we have fallen short in our letter campaign we have been able to ensure a good Christmas for many families in the area.

Because of you we will be able to continue “Giving Hope Today” throughout the year to come.

While it is too late for a 2013 tax receipt it is not too late to donate, as we accept donations throughout the year.

This year the average number of families per month that are helped through the Food Bank, Thrift Store, and the church, has continued to grow. Your donations are crucial in helping through the next twelve months and will also enable us to provide the opportunity for 20 children to experience a week at camp this summer.

We would like to thank all those who donated the space in their businesses to set up our kettles, and those who took time from their busy schedules to staff them, as well as those who helped fill them so generously.

We gratefully thank those businesses and their employees who adopted a kettle for a day, as well as all those who gave of their expertise; their time or their goods and services.

We would like to thank the many Service Clubs and Churches of the area who displayed great generosity in their giving and their service, as well as the OPP Auxiliary, the OPP Underwater Search and Rescue and Fire Department. We thank the area schools for the innovative and exciting ways you have encouraged the children and youth of the Gravenhurst area to become involved in helping others. You have truly participated in the spirit of “Giving Hope Today.”

We thank “The Moose – 99.5FM” for a very successful Radio-thon and the time and effort of all their employees and volunteers as well as the many sponsors who participated.

Thank you to the Gravenhurst Banner and and the Weekender for all the wonderful coverage that kept the public informed throughout our campaign and for the publishing of this letter.

There are so many, many more to thank that I dare not begin listing for fear of missing someone.

Suffice it to know that, Gravenhurst, you have once again proven your kindness and generosity. May God bless you one and all throughout the year that has just begun and may you know first-hand His hope, His love and His peace in all you do.

Thank you! For helping us, help others by “Giving Hope Today!” 

Captain Bonita McGory, Corps Officer,

The Salvation Army, Gravenhurst Community Church

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