RCOS greeted shoppers at Loblaws South Keys to collect money for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign.
Members of the Rotary Club of Ottawa South did shift work at the Loblaws South Keys on Saturday December 1. We weren't stocking shelves, rather, we were greeting shoppers to wish them the best of the season and encourage giving to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign. The campaign is important to the organization's annual fundraising; over $600,000 was raised last year on Ottawa.
RCOS has been assisting with the campaign for many years, manning the kettle and ringing the bell for a Saturday at either Billings Bridge Shopping Centre or Loblaws South Keys. This year, unfortunately, there were no bells. The location gets to determine whether bells will be permitted, they can get a little tedious for staff. Despite lacking our noise-maker, it seemed to be a successful day with many grocery shoppers adding their change, and many bills, to the kettle.
Loblaws also had an OC Transpo bus collecting food for the Ottawa Food Bank, so it was a busy and giving environment.
Thanks to those who helped out: Monique and Ian Warrack, Mack MacGregor, Joan Hunter, Mahamud Elmi, Jonny Kung, Sam Monsour, Gary Pluim, and Scott Vetter.
RCOS members (Sam Monsour, Mahamud Elmsi, Gary Pluim, Jonny Kung) volunteer during the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign.