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Christmas Kettle Campaign - Last Week Update!

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Greetings Kettlers, Today marks the official last day of the Christmas Kettle Campaign and on behalf of all of the staff at The Salvation Army, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for the countless hours you have dedicated to the campaign and to your community. Campaign Update We’re still below the $310,000 mark, but we’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure we have the best possible chance of reaching and hopefully surpassing this year’s goal. Through the implementation and development of our Digital Device Project (Read More Below) and by airing some of the highlights of...
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Christmas Kettle Campaign - Week 4 Update!

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Greetings Kettlers, There are now less than two weeks remaining in the campaign. We want to take this time to remind you that the last two weeks of the campaign are when we will be receiving most of our donations. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more likely the public is to donate! You might already be noticing this at the kettles that you're running. This also means that  no-shows  or  last minute cancellations  have an even larger impact than in previous weeks. So please double check your schedule to ensure nothing conflicts with your kettle shift! If you do...
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Christmas Kettle Campaign Update - Week 3

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Hello Kettlers, It's hard to believe that we're already into our third week of the campaign, and even harder to believe that December is here! We hope everyone's getting into the Christmas Spirit and excited for the many festivities, this season! Campaign Status: Together, we've raised 30 percent of our $310,000 goal for the community but we still have much to go. The remaining weeks are crucial to the success of the campaign. We kindly urge each of you to take on as many shifts as you can, and as always we thank you for your continued support.  Holiday Hours:...
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Christmas Kettle Campaign Update -Week 2

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Hello Kettlers,  We are pleased to announce that together, we have now surpassed the 15% mark and we are swiftly moving towards our $310,000 goal thanks to your support! Just remember, some days on the Kettle may be slow but every dollar, quarter and nickel that is donated into our kettle bubbles goes directly back into our community. Each of you are doing your part to make sure this year's campaign is a success. We can't thank you enough! Campaign Updates:  Today we are testing out our  Digital Devices Pilot Project . We will be introducing this to the Kingston...
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Christmas Kettle Campaign Update - Week 1

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Greetings Kettlers, With the campaign underway, we’re now moving well towards our  $310,000 Campaign Goal!  We’ll be updating you regularly to keep you well informed. We have started to make great progress thus far. As some of you may know, we will soon be introducing   Digital Devices  to our campaign that function like debit and credit machines. The devices will have an assigned digital team and will only be featured in select locations—it will offer donors more convenience and alternate ways to give. A friendly reminder to all, it has been brought to our attention that there are items being handed out while...
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Kettle Campaign Kick-Off!

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Fellow Kettlers: Please join us at the Cataraqui Centre this Friday November 17th at noon as we officially commence this year's Annual Kettle Campaign. We hope you can join us this day and show your support, we’d love to see you there! Event: The Salvation Army 2017 Christmas Kettle Launch Location: Cataraqui Centre, Centre Court Date: Friday Nov 17th, 2017 Time: 12:00pm While we have your attention! Public Awareness is a major component of growing both our brand and campaign. And while we constantly reach out to local radio stations and other media sources to do so, we know this...
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Christmas Kettle Campaign - Open Shifts

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Greetings Kettlers, The 2017 Kettle team would like to thank all who attended last nights Meet & Greet! It was a successful turnout and we appreciate all of the dedication our community shows year after year. If you were unable to make it, I've gone ahead and attached our Kettle Booklet which details some of the information we covered at yesterdays event so you aren't left out of the loop! Kettle_Booklet.docx As many of you know we are in urgent need of more Kettle shift bookings and the campaign begins at the end of this week ! I've gone ahead...
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Meet & Greet Today at 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Meet & Greet Today at 1:00pm & 6:30pm
Join us today, Monday Nov 13th for our Volunteer Meet & Greet at the Salvation Army Kingston Citadel 816 Centennial Drive. Event Hours: 1:00 pm  6:30 pm Get involved, book today. We have hundreds of shifts left to still book for our first 2 weeks. Our launch is this Friday, Please help and book today! Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! Thank you for all your efforts and support! Maria, Kettle Campaign Lead 
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10 Days and Counting! 2017 Kettle Campaign

10 Days and Counting! 2017 Kettle Campaign
  Greetings Kettle Volunteers: We kindly urge you to please begin booking Kettle Shifts! There are still many shifts left to fill, especially for our first 2 weeks! These shifts are critical in filling since we’re only 10 DAYS  away from commencing our 2017 Christmas Kettle Campaign on Friday November 17th Please start booking and help us so we can focus on registering more volunteers. Click here  for our previous blog which includes required forms and information. The forms are also available here for download below; Mission-Statement-Waiver-Of-Liability-Confidentiality-Statement_20171107-190451_1.doc Volunteer-Script.docx . Join us at our Meet & Greet: Date: Monday Nov 13...
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2017 Kettle Registration is Now Open!

2017 Kettle Registration is Now Open!
Greetings Kettle Volunteers:  It’s that time of the year again…Our 2017 Kettle registration is now open! Our campaign start date is November 17 th to December 23 rd , 2017.   We are less than 2 weeks away and urge you to please begin booking shifts or phone-in and allow us to help you through the process. This year’s Kettle Team consists of Maria Sadowy, our Campaign Lead, Tyler Turcotte and Connie Reese, your Kettle Assistants.  If you have any trouble, do not hesitate to call our Kettle Hotline: 613 531-5918. We would like to truly thank you for your...
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Student Volunteer Hours Sign Off

Student Volunteer Hours Sign Off
Happy new year everyone, This email is for any students who need volunteer hours signed off on. I will be in the office every week day until Jan 13. Please bring your form into the office (816 Centennial) before this time.  If you have any questions please call me at (613) 531-5918.  Thanks again for your work.  Sam  
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Kettle Total as of Dec 27

Kettle Total as of Dec 27
Hello everybody, Good news. We have just hit the $310,000 mark. While donations may still be making their way towards us we can rest easy in knowing that not only have we hit our target, but we have far exceeded it. Great work everyone. I'd like to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who took time out of their day and busy Christmas season to give back to our community by attending the Christmas Kettles. I am proud to be counted among such a group of people. Please be on the lookout for media publications in the near future...
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Ross Silke
Wow!! That's amazing!! We should all be very proud. Happy holidays & happy New Year!!
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:13
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Where we Stand, Christmas Kettles

Where we Stand, Christmas Kettles
Hello incredible kettlers, Merry Christmas! Welcome to the final days of the 2016 Kettle Campaign. At this time we are at 95% of our goal! This does not include the funds brought in Christmas Eve Eve, or Christmas Eve. This means we will hit our goal, possibly by the end of the night tonight. So nuts to that goal, let’s go for $300,000! At this time we have two shifts open tomorrow. These are: LCBO Princess: 2pm – 4pm LCBO Division: 2pm – 4pm If you can pick one of these up you would be raising hundreds and hundreds of...
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Curtis Smith
Congratulations Sam With your leadership skills you were certainly a big part of exceeding this record goal. Respectfully, Curt... Read More
Friday, 23 December 2016 16:45
Ross Silke
Amazing!! We hit 102%!!! Wow!! I'm so excited. I hope this is a new record for the Kettles. ) Less than 6 hours to go. ) Merry Chr... Read More
Saturday, 24 December 2016 08:47
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A few empty shifts tomorrow (Friday)

A few empty shifts tomorrow (Friday)
Hello team, We are getting close. As of Tuesdsay's count we are at 83%. We can get there but we sure need to keep our shifts filled.  Tomorrow we have the following shifts open. Bennett's ValueMart: 10am - 12pm Bennett's ValueMart: 4pm - 6pm Food Basics: 4pm - 6pm Freshco: 4pm - 6pm Freshco: 6pm - 8pm Division LCBO: 6pm - 8pm Please, if you can, take one of these shifts. You will be instrumental is helping us to reach our goal.  Feel free to book a shift or two online or call us at the hotline. (613) 531-5918. All...
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Amazing!! We hit 102%!!! Wow!! I'm so excited. I hope this is a new record for the Kettles. ) Less than 6 hours to go. ) Merry Chr... Read More
Saturday, 24 December 2016 08:30
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We a short a couple shifts for Wednesday!

We a short a couple shifts for Wednesday!
Hi everybody! As you know we are down to the final push. At this time we have three shifts open tomorrow. Please, if you can, take one of these shifts. This is the biggest week of the year for the kettles and we need someone attending to these shifts. These are:  Bennett's ValuMart: 2pm - 4pm, 6pm - 8pm Freshco: 12pm to 2pm. Feel free to book one of these online or call our office 613-531-5918. All the best and happy kettling. Sam  
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The Final Push

The Final Push
Hello amazing kettle attendants, Welcome to the final push. This week is the big one and we need everyone on the kettles to be on point. If you don’t have a shift, call us or book in online. If you have a shift, be prepared to engage this community like you’ve never engaged a community before. Phones away, standing when you can, happy holidays, Merry Christmas. You know what to do. Let’s get out there and show this community that we have the best dang volunteers working for the best darn charity there is. If it snows, get out there,...
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Short a shift Saturday morning!

Short a shift Saturday morning!
Hi everyone! What a community leaders day. Tomorrow I'll post pictures. We all know the truth though. Its community leader day every day our volunteers are out attending the kettles. We are short a shift tomorrow morning. This is 10am to 12pm LCBO Princess. If anyone can take this it would be very appreciated. Feel free to go online and book. Or call Michelle at the office before 8pm tonight. All the best and happy kettling! Sam
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Walmart's Fill the Kettle, Donation Matching Day!

Walmart's Fill the Kettle, Donation Matching Day!
Hello Kettle Team! Saturday, December 17 is Walmart’s annual fill the kettle day. On this day Walmart will match all donations made. If you are working the kettle on Saturday at Walmart feel free to let those passing know. We will put up a header over the kettle indicating the donation matching. Also feel free to thank any staff members you see. They are as excited for this day as we are and are proud to be hosting us. Feel free to pass this on to family and friends who might be considering making a donation. This day is a...
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Curtis Smith
Wow - I am amazed at the number of people that decide at the minute when I wish them a Merry Christmas when they are walking past ... Read More
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:37
Ross Silke
We can do it!! Remember to smile and make eye contact. Thank people when they donate. And share the love of Jesus )... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2016 10:11
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Community Leaders Day, Facebook Link

Community Leaders Day, Facebook Link
Hello again, The Facebook link for community leaders day will only allow those signed up on our facebook page to see the event. Please use this link if you are not on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/355149758182844/ All the best, Sam  
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Community Leaders Day!

Community Leaders Day!
Hello everyone, On Friday, December 16, we will be celebrating the kettle campaign’s Community Leaders day. For this day we have some pretty spectacular people attending our kettles (of course we always have spectacular people manning the kettles!) if you can make it out and say hello to one of our community leaders it would go a long way to making them feel appreciated. Please join us on our facebook group to see who will be standing with us and learn about event details.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1817887181765891/ All the best and happy kettling! Sam
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