Almost 200 people filled the hall of the Belleville Salvation Army’s Church for the annual Christmas Dinner. (Photo:John Spitters/Quinte News)
Good food and good company joined with good news at the annual Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army Church today (Christmas Day).
Abby Mills, Director of Community and Family Services for the Salvation Army, said she’s optimistic that the organization will meet its goal
of $200,000 in this season’s Kettle Campaign.
“We know we’ve raised $192,383.92 from the kettles and we haven’t yet counted our online donations and those coming in from Belleville Nissan and Walmart.”
All of the money raised goes toward the services offered to the needy by the Salvation Army, such as lunches, warm suppers in winter time, the thrift shop and emergency food bank.
Making donations of various kinds to this year’s Christmas Dinner were the following: Taste of Country, Duffer’s Chip Wagon, Avondale Florist, Reid’s Dairy, Culligan, Hanley Corp.(Tim Hortons), Dewe’s, Metro, KFC Dundas Street, Gleaners Food Bank, Betty’s Bread, Campbell’s Orchard, Banquet Centre, Travelodge, and Bib’s Meats.
The Christmas Dinner is a collaboration between the Salvation Army and the Christmas Sharing Program.