Sunday, November 15. 2020.
Dear Pickleball Friends,
Looks like we are not going to play for at least a couple of weeks and a lot of us are not headed south as well. Can I make a suggestion that will help fill your time, make you feel good and most importantly help the poor and homeless in our city?
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is in full swing from now until December 24th. More than ever this year we are desperately short on kettle volunteers to man a 2 hour shift at any of out 21 kettles located in the city. There are 4 shifts a day, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 with a fifth shift being added in December at 6:30. Manning a kettle involves sitting or standing at a kettle, ringing a bell in many locations that it is allowed in and acknowledging donations with a simple thank you. You will be 2 meters away from the kettle and have to wear a mask, there is plenty of sanitizer and even our debit machines are attached to a hockey stick so there is no person to person contact. I assure you it is safer that playing Pickleball.
Every cent earned in this campaign stays in the Edmonton area, and our goal is $550,000. The money is used to supply food banks, run homeless shelters, a battered women’s shelter, alcohol and drug addiction centres, emergency services and Grace Manor, plus so much more. Even though the Sally Ann is a religious based organization, nothing remotely religious is pushed upon anybody. Please try a shift and see if you like it.
For those who are internet savvy you can sign on and see where and what shifts are open at yegkettles.ca and for those that want to speak to a person call 780-996-9450 and tell them you want to volunteer at a Xmas kettle. Another option is to send an email to our volunteer coordinator Deb.email@example.com
Tell them you are a member of the Pickleball community.
PS: Another suggestion I have for you is to make cash donations if you cannot do Kettle shifts or maybe live out of Edmonton. Here is a link to make donations to the Kettle campaign: https://donate.salvationarmy.ca/page/68518/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=ig98tzhi If possible, reference your donation as coming from the Pickleball Community.
Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.