Salvation Army volunteers, with the Christmas Kettles, will get a free ride throughout Belleville thanks to a donation made Monday.
Veridian Connections presented the Salvation Army with transit passes for the volunteers to get around the city with their kettles, seeking donations from the public.
Veridian donated five one-month passes for December, and also 50 adult passes to be used at any time.
Kettle Campaign Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Scott says they are the agency’s clients as well as volunteers.
She says most of them don’t have their own transportation.
Scott says, last year Bill Horsburgh volunteered 146 hours at the Christmas Kettles, raising money for the Salvation Army work.
In a statement, Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher said, “We thank the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign for the support they provide our community. Today’s presentation exemplifies another great community partnership – this one engaging Veridian, City Transit and the Salvation Army. Partnerships such as these strengthen our city and we value these initiatives.”