Fill up stockings with holiday cheer

- December 4, 2008

Dal President Tom Traves takes on SMU prez Colin Dodds in the Salvation Army's Stocking Stuffer Scramble campaign.

As Dalhousie enters exam season, most of the university’s varsity teams and sports clubs set down their gear and pick up their number two pencils. So where is a competition junkie going to get their fix this December?

Enter Dalhousie President Tom Traves. Dr. Traves is one of 10 Halifax community leaders taking part in the Salvation Army’s Stocking Stuffer Scramble campaign, raising money to support the organization’s winter relief efforts. His friendly competition includes businessmen Fred MacGillivray and Dennis Campbell, musicians Jill Barber and Terry Kelly, Olympic kayaker and Dal alum Karen Furneaux, and—yes—Saint Mary’s President Colin Dodds.

“I agreed to take part in the campaign because I support all the work that the Salvation Army does to provide assistance to those most in need in our own backyard,” explains Dr. Traves. “I feel that this campaign is another great opportunity to show the competition the generosity of the Dalhousie community.”

“It would also be great fun to outdo SMU’s donors,” he adds.

The campaign allows individuals to donate money through the Salvation Army’s website in care of the community leader of their choice. Last year, the campaign raised over $40,000 in cash to support the Army’s programming during the winter months – a time of year when food, shelter and other services the Army provides are at their highest demand.

Dr. Traves says that he hopes the friendly competition with SMU and the other community leaders spurs people to think about those that depend on such services, and to support others in the best way they see fit this holiday.

“There are a lot of ways to be generous during the holidays,” he says. “I hope that everyone at Dalhousie takes some time this season to support good works in their community, whatever your way of giving.”

To donate to the Stocking Stuffer campaign online, click on Dr. Traves’ stocking at the Salvation Army’s website and click the “Donate Now” button that appears beside the description.

You can also donate by mail by sending a cheque to:

Salvation Army Maritime Divisional Headquarters
c/o Tom Traves’ Stocking
282 – 7071 Bayers Road, Halifax, NS  B3L 2C2

LINK: Check out the friendly competition on the Salvation Army website


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