The Christmas Season is officially over and we are looking to the long winter ahead, but the Salvation Army will be well prepared for it thanks to the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles has been one of the longest running traditions in the organization's history, and the numbers show its success.

"I can't give total numbers because the online donations do not come in until February but we finished the kettles with a grand total of $39,647.55. That was up just slightly from last year when we closed," explained Drumheller Salvation Army Captian Ben Lippers.

The funds raised from the kettles go towards feeding the hungry, but also to many more causes that help those in need.

"This money stays here locally. People come here with all different sorts of needs. It is on a case by case means. We have done everything from putting a person in a hotel room overnight until we can figure out what to do with them, because there isn't enough time in the day to putting gas in someone's car, and paying a utility bill," continued Lippers.

Ben and his wife, Isobel took over the helm of the Salvation Army in Drumheller this summer. They speak highly of their first Christmas in the valley.

"The actual community spirit here is something I have never seen before. With our Red Bag Food Drive, and that community spirit behind it, it was just amazing. I saw it again during our Christmas distribution. My wife and I were both standing in with awe," he concluded.

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