How You Can Help this Christmas: Support the Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army’s red kettles have become a Christmas tradition in nearly every part of the world, with the idea for the little collection pots being born over a century ago from prayer and desperation. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee began the tradition of Christmas kettles in San Francisco in December of 1891 as a way to finance free Christmas dinners for the poor in his community.

This year, the Kent County Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal is $1.7 million. Although The Salvation Army is most visible at Christmastime, its work continues through-out the year, and your generous donations will be used to support critical programs year-round.

You can support the Red Kettle Campaign in a way that is most convenient for you:

On Location: Simply place your cash or check in the kettle where you hear the familiar ring of The Salvation Army kettle bell.

Online: It has never been easier or more secure to donate online. Simply click here to donate with a major credit card or set-up an online red kettle and invite friends, family and co-workers to join in the fun. For a look at how you can quickly and easily set-up your own red kettle, click here or check out this easy how-to video.

On the phone: Simply call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and an operator will assist you with your donation.

On the (smart) phone: Text the word GIVE to 80888*

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. By participating, you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 years or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.