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The Red Kettle Campaign has a deep history in America. It began in 1891 in San Francisco when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide a free Christmas dinner to families in need. He used an idea originally developed in Liverpool, England where people could throw some change into a pot to help the poor. Six years later, it spread to the East Coast and continued to grow into the tradition it is today, spreading throughout the entire United States and across the world. Click here for a full history of the Red Kettle Campaign.
The Red Kettle Season is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraising initiative of the year.
We do not do it alone - Christmas has an Army, an Army of volunteers who will take to the streets collecting donations to Fight for Good - to give the gift of help, hope and healing to our neighbors when they need it most.
Volunteer: Each Red Kettle needs a warm heart to ring the bell! The hands may be cold - but being a Red Kettle Ringer is truly one of the most heartwarming experiences you can have!
Each 2 hrs volunteered generates approximately $80 – that is 80 meals, a month of heat for a family, 3 days of Camp for an underprivileged child! The impact is priceless! When you volunteer and give at a Red Kettle - remember that the funds stay right here in our community, helping our neighbors. Give local…help local!
Your time is priceless to a family in crisis. So join The Salvation Army as a Red Kettle bell ringer! We are looking enthusiastic individuals, families, groups and church groups to donate their time and talents by ringing the bell at area stores in the Grand Traverse area!
The dollars we raise during the Christmas season provides food, toys, and clothing for the Holidays and emergency assistance throughout the next year.
Signing up to Bell Ring just got easier with the NEW online sign-up at Register to Ring.com. Check it out - select your favorite location, dates, times, set up an account (you only have to ever do this once) make your selections and you are ready to ring! You will also get a text reminder of your location and shift! You can also call Mary at (231) 946-4644 to register.
Paid Bell Ringers: We have both volunteer and paid bell ringing opportunities. Paid bell ringer applicants should be 18 years of age or older. Must be dedicated and able to stand for long periods of time outside in winter weather, be responsible, and in good health. Must be neat in appearance, as you will be representing The Salvation Army to the public. Paid Bell Ringer wage is $10.00 per hour. Applications for paid bell ringers are available at The Salvation Army Community Center, 1239 Barlow St. Traverse City. There will be a mandatory orientation training on November 1 at 10am.
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