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Salvation Army gets festive with Christmas in June

Last Updated Jun 13, 2019 at 6:42 pm MDT

IMAGE. Christmas In June poster. Provided by The Salvation Army of Fort McMurray.

After what the region experienced last winter, talking about it may be a faux pas.

However, the Salvation Army of Fort McMurray will lighten the mood with festive cheer for this Saturday’s Christmas in June fundraiser.

The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts will burst with holiday excitement, a Christmas carol or two, and even a summer visit from Santa.

Also, guests will enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner, sample baked goods, participate in fun activities, and win a prize from the live and silent auctions.

Finally, round out a great family event with a performance from Canadian actor and performer Tom Jackson.

Funds raised for the event go toward the overnight All Persons Mat-ter Program, Community Response Unit, and Men’s Emergency Shelter.

Salvation Army Update

2018 was a busy year for the Salvation Army.

However, a recent funding cut of $75,000 from the United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo hampered its food budget.

Major Steve Hibbs said the Salvation Army made arrangements to reduce the shortage and lessen the impact on their clients.

“We are in the business of providing services, not cutting them. For anyone who has ever been truly hungry and cold, and felt like there is nowhere for them to go, it is always such a comfort knowing there is someone out there to give you a warm meal, a safe place to rest your head, or simply a listening and caring ear.”

Clients occupied 8,025 beds in 2018 while the mat program had 11,150.

The Army’s kitchen prepared over 21,000 meals including 5,543 served on weekends and holidays.

They also provided 3,049 bagged lunches from October to December of last year.

Events like Christmas In June help the Salvation Army minister to hundreds of people in our community.

Major Steve Hibbs said the funds help provide food and lodging and reaffirm to their clients a sense of belonging.

“They are someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandmother, grandfather. Looking out for our marginalized and vulnerable community members is what we do and what we will always do.”

Deck the halls for Christmas In June on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Suncor Energy Centre’s box office at (587) 960-4112.