The Salvation Army's iconic Christmas kettles will soon be popping up on street corners again, but this year the organization has added an even easier way to give.
To make a $5 donation, all local residents now have to do is text "HOPE1003" to 45678 on their mobile devices.
The charge will then appear on their next phone bill.
The program launched Nov. 15, and Chilliwack Salvation Army community ministries director Ian Pratt hopes locals embrace it.
"Christmas is an extremely challenging time for those in need," he said. "Working families, single parents, our wonderful seniors and those seeking a temporary shelter for a few nights are just a few of the many that seek our assistance throughout the year. This could not be accomplished without the full support of the individuals, families, community groups, businesses that come together to financially support or volunteer there precious time."
The Salvation Army has been operating in Chilliwack for over 85 years.
Last year the organization provided more than 7,000 hampers, 3,100 meals and gave out more than 25,000 emergency food line hampers, according to Pratt.
The Salvation Army provided more than 3,600 nights accommodation at its local shelter and gave out more than $78,000 worth of product from its thrift store, he said.
? Those who prefer to donate in person can still drop a donation into a Christmas kettle or visit the Salvation Army Care and Share building at 45746 Yale Rd.