Christmas kettles are back, signalling the true beginning of the giving season.
Now in its 128th year, the annual fundraiser seeks donations from the public to help The Salvation Army assist millions of people living in poverty.
With one in seven Canadians struggling to make ends meet, The Salvation Army relies on this fundraising campaign to feed, clothe, shelter and empower those in need.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign helps people in over 400 communities across the country annually.
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.
Last year, The Salvation Army helped over 1.7 million people, including providing 3.2 million free meals, 7,300 emergency beds each night, and assisting 269,000 with Christmas food hampers and toys.
Four locations will be hosting the Christmas kettles this year.
Find them at Giant Tiger in Port Elgin, Rowland's Your Independent Grocer, and Walmart.
In Southampton, a Christmas kettle will be set up at Foodland.
The campaign wraps up on Christmas Eve.
If you'd like to volunteer, call Diane Thorne at 519-797-3897.