Had a great time ringing the bells and singing Christmas carols with my Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union teammates for this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive. So much fun to step away from the office for a couple of hours and help give back to this great initiative which takes place at over 2,000 locations across Canada. Funds raised through donations made at the kettles, together with other sources of funds, help the Salvation Army provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to over 1.9 million people each year in Canada. Restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.
We may not have been the best singers but our small and mighty team helped to put a smile on most people’s faces and even had a few people take some time out of their busy day to join us in a song or two. Thank you to my partners in song Lauren Cebula, Lindsay Elzinga and Caitlin Waterhouse. We got through the entire song book many times, although I admit I did not reach all the high notes in Silent Night. Maybe with some practice I will be able to hit them for next year. The Cowichan Kettle campaign still needs some volunteers to host its barrels throughout the Valley. Looking for a fun way to give back this holiday season? This may be just the volunteer experience you are looking for. To help out contact Coordinator Darcy Baird at 250-732-8988.