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Red Kettles


In December of 1981, Captain Joseph McFee of The Salvation Army in San Francisco, California was stumped. He wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for 1,000 poor people, but had no way to pay for it.

Then, an idea. He thought back to when he was a sailor in Liverpool, England, where on the docks of the city's waterfront he remembered seeing a large pot into which charitable donations could be thrown.

The next day, McFee secured permission to place a brass urn at the Oakland ferry landing. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." Soon, he had all the money he needed to fund the Christmas dinner. Two years later, McFee's fundraising idea had expanded to 30 kettle locations on the West Coast. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Each year, red kettles raise funds necessary to help the local community. The bright red kettles that you see during the holidays are essential to meet the needs of area families. There are several ways in which you can help.

We need YOUR help!

Participating in the red kettle effort is easy. In addition to dropping your spare change into a kettle during the holidays (which most certainly brings a smile to the face of that kettle's bell-ringer), there are other ways to join the effort.

Volunteer to ring, or even better, organize a group to volunteer - Volunteering is a great way to donate your time, whether as an individual or as a group. It can even be a great time of fellowship for families and friends, or a team-builder with coworkers. Church groups often volunteer as a way to support those in need.

Sponsor a red kettle - for a day, weekend, week, or the whole season. It's a great way to honor a loved one, to spread the word about your business, or to celebrate something special.

Set up a Virtual "My Red Kettle" - Now you can create your very own online Kettle to help The Salvation Army raise support. You can direct anyone to visit your online kettle and make a donation.

Scroll down to click on the attached documents for more information.

YOU Make it Possible

Please Be Generous - Keep some spare change in your pockets during the holidays. Every coin counts! And don't leave the kids out of participating. They get a kick out of dropping their coins into the kettle; plus it teaches them about living charitably. Of course, if you are able to give more than change, that's great too! Your donations are turned into groceries, clothes, disaster relief, spiritual care, financial assistance, youth programs, and used otherwise to help the families in our community throughout the year.

No matter HOW you give, know that it's your thoughtful time and money that is directly helping the families who need it most. Your support of The Salvation Army is Doing the Most Good.

Please see the below attachments for more information about how to become involved, or call/email Volunteer Coordinator Bridget Lenhardt at (817) 860-1836 and bridget.lenhardt@uss.salvationarmy.org.
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