The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit Seeks Additional Red Kettle Volunteer Bell Ringers

Dec 10, 2019

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Dec. XX, 2019)The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has less than two weeks left until its iconic red kettles leave storefronts. The nonprofit organization requests the community’s support by volunteering as a red kettle bell ringer to help meet its $8 million Red Kettle Campaign fundraising goal.

Every red kettle that has a volunteer increases the chances of hitting the campaign goal. The Salvation Army aims to fill shifts across 350 kettle locations throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.

“Every site a volunteer fills will prove critical to the success of this year’s mission to ‘Do The Most Good’ for individuals and families living in metro Detroit,” Major Tim Meyer, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “In fact, a manned kettle collects an average of $53 per hour in donations, $400 more per day than an unmanned kettle.”

Those interested in donating their time for a good cause can visit and sign up for shifts. The site allows visitors to choose from any city and date range and select the shift that works best for their schedule. Shifts are two hours apiece, although many choose to ring longer. For example, families and businesses often reserve a large block of time and split it amongst their members.

Bell ringing runs through Tuesday, Dec. 24, excluding Sundays.

The Salvation Army is leading the fight for good by providing after-school programs, emergency disaster services, substance abuse treatment and free legal aid for families and individuals throughout metro Detroit, including more than 2.5 million meals and more than 574,000 nights of shelter each year. The Salvation Army is more than a red a kettle; donations help ensure The Salvation Army can continue providing these programs for those in need.

Supporters can make a tax-deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign by:

  • Donating cash in a red kettle
  • Visiting
  • Calling 877-SAL-MICH
  • Sending a check, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075


About The Salvation Army

Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 2,493,786 meals and 573,968 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.87 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit



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