NSAW Fact of the Day: Red Kettle Origin and Modern Traditions

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Did You Know…?

The Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect money for the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and throughout Europe.

Since 1997, The Salvation Army has launched the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign with a special halftime show performance at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. Previous performers have included Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith and Jessica Simpson. During this time period, The Salvation Army has raised more than $1.5 billion from the red kettles to support service efforts in communities nationwide.

Hit rock band Daughtry performed for The Salvation Army’s 2009 Red Kettle Kick-Off half time show during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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Youtube Talents Encourages Viewers to Donate to The Salvation Army

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This year’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert was incredible! We were blessed to have talented artists such as Shawn Mendes, Becky G, R5, Bea Miller, Exist Elsewhere, and…

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You Helped us Rock it This Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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This year’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert truly ROCKED! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Doing The Most Good than with thousands of fans and…

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Boston Woman Honors Husband’s Memory With Unique Donation

Thursday, December 4, 2014
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With our 124th Red Kettle Campaign in full swing, every day until Christmas our bell ringers are witnessing the love and generosity of supporters. While typical contributions to our red kettles…

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Interview with Nicky Benson, author of ‘The Spirit of Christmas’

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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With the Christmas season approaching, it’s easy to get wrapped up with the ever growing list of to-dos like buying gifts, baking, attending and throwing parties, that often…

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Salvation Army Today, February 18

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This week’s Salvation Army Today video – brought to you by The Salvation Army Southern Territory – features The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign results and a look at the first International…

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Salvation Army Today, January 2

Thursday, January 2, 2014

This week’s Salvation Army Today video – brought to you by The Salvation Army Southern Territory –focuses on a remarkable bell ringer, unique donations SA received during the 2013 Red Kettle campaign…

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Shorter Giving Season Affecting The Salvation Army’s Fundraising Efforts

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign will be collecting donations for five fewer days this year due to a late Thanksgiving holiday. This timing along with widespread winter…

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Three Contestants Beat Bell Ringing World Record at 105 Hours

Monday, December 9, 2013
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After five grueling days of non-stop bell ringing, the three contenders for the Salvation Army World Bell Ringing record agreed to jointly lay their bells down after 105…

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Three Fight for World Record at 51 Hours of Nonstop Bell Ringing

Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Three volunteer bell ringers have fought through 51 hours of nonstop bell ringing to raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 123rd Red Kettle Campaign and set a new world…

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