Thank-You BC Chiropractic Association!

3_BChiro_BackpackA BIG thanks once again to the BC Chiropractic Association for their generous contribution of $65,000.00 towards the 2014 Back-To-School Supplies campaign!  – Each September, many parents struggle to equip their children with the proper supplies to begin the school year.  Therefore, each summer we help many families living in Vancouver and Burnaby by distributing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in Grades 1-12.  Call 604-872-7676 for registration details.

Staff Enjoy 2014 Hope In The City Breakfast With Local Sponsors


The Hope in the City Breakfast has become a special Christmas tradition, whereby Vancouver’s business community join together to ring in the holiday season, raise funds and awareness while, celebrating the work of The Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army appreciates the ongoing support demonstrated from a variety of local, caring corporations in Greater Vancouver. Through the care and financial assistance provided, The Salvation Army is better equipped to create significant and long-lasting improvements in local communities while providing essential services for those less fortunate.  The possibilities are endless when we take our place amongst humanity and do our part to help someone along the way.  For more information, please visit


Trail Appliances Donates NEW 30″ Frigidaire Range

IMG_3838A BIG thanks to Trail Appliances at Grandview and Rupert for donating a NEW 30″ Frigidaire Range!  With our previous range no longer operable, this generous donation allows us to continue hosting our Community Drop-In Breakfast which operates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00AM – 10:00AM and our Community Kitchen Program entitled “Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen” which provides education regarding cooking instruction, nutrition, and budgeting tips to parents of low-income families.

A few years ago, we had the privilege of partnering with the staff of Trail Appliances to serve a Community Christmas Luncheon.  Trail Appliances volunteer role included preparing and serving a hot meal to over 75 individuals.  In recognition of Trail Appliances generosity and continued willingness to help others, we say THANK YOU!

Volunteer Kettle Hosts Are Needed (Bell Ringers)


Ring in Christmas with The Salvation Army!

We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on volunteering as a kettle host or “bell ringer” please phone 604-872-7676 or email  Also, be sure to check out the Kettle Promotional Video and applications below.  We thank-you for your continued generosity!

Apply to Host a Kettle !

Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2014 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS KETTLE HOST APPLICATION or request one from To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2014 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION. Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to We look forward to hearing from you soon!

History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness. In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year. According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign. Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services. The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906. Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide. For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by. They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community. Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations. Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee. Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations. Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing. By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round. The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need. The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

Ways To Help This Christmas

AAFA Christmas filled with memories and joy is simply a dream for some, but with your support and generosity, that dream will come true for a family this December!

Through The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, you can help create a special Christmas for a Vancouver family in need, by providing a Christmas hamper complete with a full turkey dinner, as well as gifts for the parents and children!  For more information, check out the 2014 SAVCFS Donors Christmas Assistance Package.

A story shared …  

“Rosie” sat beside me at a party once. When it came up that I work for The Salvation Army, Rosie smiled. “Oh,” she said with a great spirit, “I went there years ago when my kids were small to get help at Christmas.”

 Because of the kindness shown and opportunities provided, Rosie now works part time and is an active volunteer in her church and at an agency that assists single moms.

 What a true success story, and all because someone just like YOU made the decision to help those in the community by ensuring they enjoyed a Christmas to be remembered.

Thank you for your goodwill and generosity in sharing the joy of Christmas this year.

789 Backpacks Distributed to Local Students

IMG_02601A BIG thank-you to the BC Chiropractic Association, The Canadian Bible Society, Fitness Town, and Staples for their support and contributions to the 2014 Backpack & School Supply Drive.  Over 5000 backpacks filled with essential supplies were donated and distributed throughout British Columbia, 789 of these were given to children living in Vancouver and Burnaby.  Thanks again to all donors and volunteers who helped make this year’s campaign a success!

Thank-you Mercer Group!

WP_20140908_001The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services extends a HUGE thank you to Mercer for their generous donation of school supplies to the 2014 Backpack + School Supply Drive.  This donation will benefit many children in the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby as they head back to school on Monday, September 22, 2014!