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Need Knows No Season - Christmas in July With the Salvation Army

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From July 13 to July 18, The Salvation Army will be bringing “Christmas in July” to Fort McMurray – a week of awareness and fundraising.

The traditional Christmas Kettle Campaign has historically been the organization’s sole fundraiser with proceeds going directly to their Community & Family Services department to help families and individuals throughout the entire year…not just at Christmas. But with the downturn in the economy, and the increase in financial requests made to The Salvation Army’s Community & Family Services, Christmas in July will help provide financial assistance for more families right now.


“With more job losses many people are struggling,” shares Joan Nobles, Program Manager at The Salvation Army Community Service Centre. “The amount of financial assistance given varies, depending upon the particular need. Financial assistance is now ranging from $800-$1,500 plus per request/visit.”  

On average, they see 100 people per week for a variety of needs - predominately, financial. 

Christmas in July will include one major fundraiser – a Christmas Banquet with a silent and live auction, happening on Saturday, July 18 at 6pm at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre.

As well, residents of Fort McMurray will see The Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas Kettles out at select times and locations.

Tickets are $60 per person or $450 for a table of eight. You’ll enjoy a full traditional turkey dinner, door prizes, “Be an Angel” tree, and the opportunity to bid on some great items, including at 14KT gold omega necklace, and a tanzanite and diamond ring with appraisal.


Do you or your business have an item(s) to donate for the silent and live auctions? Or a monetary gift to help the financial needs of those in our community? Help The Salvation Army continue to give service to our community – 24/7, 365 days a year. Reserve your Christmas in July banquet tickets, or donate, by calling Dianne at 780-743-4135.


Kerri has always enjoyed a good story, and favours jotting them down on paper where her thoughts become way more organized. She has always called Alberta home, and delights in the tales that come from there. In her free time, Kerri daydreams, rides bikes, goes on long walks, and cries over videos about dogs. She also donates her time to raising two pretty fantastic kids who call her "mom".