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Less Time at Costco for Kettle Campaign

Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Salvation Army kettle campaign is in full swing minus its most lucrative location.

In a break with previous years Costco is only allowing a kettle at their store beginning December 10.

Bill Glasgow, business manager with the Prince George Salvation Army - photo 250News

Bill Glasgow, business manager with the Prince George Salvation Army – photo 250News

“In past years, the directive from Costco regional office was that we had certain weeks or a couple of weeks of the campaign to have our kettles in there,” says Bill Glasgow, business manager with the Salvation Army.

“From what I’ve understood the managers were allowed to have some leeway in that process and we were lucky enough to be allowed in there for the full six weeks of the campaign. But unfortunately, this year that’s changed and all stores have been asked to toe the company line which is we get two weeks from the 10th of December to the 24th of December.”

He says that’s disappointing considering over the past five years the Costco location has accounted for 20 per cent of their total fundraising efforts.

Glasgow attributes the success there to the high amount of traffic the store gets.

“And people tend to spend a lot of money there. People walk in there knowing they’re going to spend $200 and its non-stop traffic. It is a bit of a downfall for us. We were saddened by that decision but we have to be thankful we have some time there.”

But despite the change he says they’ve managed to keep pace with last year’s fundraising totals so far.

“What we’ve been able to do is divert the volunteers that usually ask to go to Costco to other locations. So, if you take 12 spots a day for four weeks and divert that to other locations that’s how we’ve been able to keep going,” says Glasgow.

“We’re running a 95 to 100 per cent full schedule. There have been some cancellations but we’ve been able to get them filled within an hour of them cancelling. So, we’ve been very lucky with that.”

250News reached out to Costco to participate in this story but haven’t received a response.


The local Costco could have bucked the company line. Who would have said anything to head office?

Most of us have a fixed amount we donate to the kettle campaign no matter when it begins. Having the kettles fire up right after remembrance day is far to early in my opinion. 100% agree with Costco on limiting the kettle campaign at their store.

Others on this site tend to get picky at times. My turn.
Greg Fry:
It should be ‘toe the line’, not ‘tow the line’:

“Toe the line” is an idiomatic expression meaning either to conform to a rule or standard, or to stand poised at the starting line in a footrace

    thanks for the reminder

Resident – You feel that the Kettle campaign starts too early, how about Costco having their Christmas stuff out for the past two months?

In all fairness to all of the other groups out there also canvassing for donations, I think reducing the amount of time for Salvation Army at Costco is not unreasonable at all.

Everywhere I go, there is a table set up selling tickets for one type of fundraiser or another. Everyone deserves an opportunity to access potential donors.

Salvation Army is just one group in the city that helps those in need.

    Agree . Why should shoppers have to run a gauntlet of beggars every time we need to buy something ? It’s really annoying .

Most people are fooled into thinking Costco is cheaper, yes some items are and some are not, Costco relies a lot on spontaneous buying.

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