Salvation Army says thank ou to Quesnel

A wrap up of the Christmas season for the local Salvation Army is a success

Majors Debbie and Randy Gatza wish to express their appreciation for all the community donations.

Majors Debbie and Randy Gatza wish to express their appreciation for all the community donations.

As the Salvation Army activities

settle down after the busy

Christmas season, Majors Debbie

and Randy Gatza reflect on

their new posting in Quesnel.

“We have many thank yous to

extend throughout the community.”

The Christmas Kettle campaign

and the Christmas mail

appeal brought in $82,200 for use

on programs and services provided

in Quesnel. Although this is

a tremendous accomplishment,

Randy said the Salvation Army

budget in Quesnel can always

use more donations. So if you

didn’t manage to donate to either

campaign and find yourself able

to, donations are accepted any

time of the year.

Dec. 6 was the annual Santa

Shuffle which added another

$3,000.

“For a town the size of Quesnel,

the Santa Shuffle drew an enthusiastic

group of 46 people,”

Randy said.

“The weather cooperated and

even provided a little Christmas

snow.”

The Salvation Army held their

annual Santa Breakfast at the

Legion on Dec. 17 and fed 130

people of which 70 were children.

“Breakfast was prepared and

serviced by a host of volunteers

from the Legion, Food Bank and

Salvation Army staff,” he said.

“And a special thank you to

the senior couple who did a lot

of the cooking.”

Christmas Dinner, provided

by City Furniture and Ashley

Home Furnishings, was served

at the Warrior’s Song Cafe with

more than 150 people enjoying

a delicious meal and seasonal

fellowship.

“There were families, Salvation

Army clients, working people

and anyone who was looking

to share Christmas Dinner with

others,” Randy said.

The Salvation Army is available

to anyone in need and throughout

the year they offer emergency

assistance in difficult times.

During the cold season they

provide winter wear, including

coats which are cleaned and

sorted, for locals and travellers

who find themselves in need in

Quesnel.

Although, during the month of

December, the Salvation Army

does not offer regular food bank

services, they are available for

emergencies.

“We’d like to offer a big thank

you to the Good Cheer Program

for their huge donation, after

completion of their service, of

Food Bank items.”

Being new to the community,

both Majors Debbie and Randy

Gatza and the entire Salvation

Army staff are in awe of

Quesnel’s generosity.

“The Salvation Army would

like to extend a heartfelt thanks

for the community support this

Christmas season. Whether you

are an enthusiastic volunteer or

a generous donor, it is because

of you that we will be able to

bring hope and restore dignity

to so many. God bless you and

Happy New Year.”