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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6 Reasons to #RocktheRedKettle With Us Tomorrow!

Friday, December 5, 2014
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We’re gearing up for our fifth annual Rock The Red Kettle concert! Thousands of fans are expected to converge at L.A. Live tomorrow in downtown Los Angeles, with countless…

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Tell us your #RedKettleReason!

Monday, November 17, 2014

With our 124th Red Kettle Campaign almost underway, we’re curious to know: What’s your motivation for grabbing loose change before approaching a Red Kettle bell ringer outside of…

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Gearing Up For #RocktheRedKettle Tonight – Watch it LIVE!

Saturday, December 7, 2013
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 A crowd of committed fans have been gathered at Universal City Walk’s “5 Towers” venue since 9:00 a.m. this morning for what we hope will be our biggest,…

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5 Reasons to #RockTheRedKettle Tomorrow

Friday, December 6, 2013
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We’re gearing up for what will likely be our biggest, most exciting Rock The Red Kettle yet. Thousands of fans are expected to converge on Universal CityWalk Hollywood tomorrow,…

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Detroit Red Wings Score Donations at Kettle

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Players from the Detroit Red Wings hockey team scored some points for those in need when they served as Red Kettle bell ringers at four locations in metro…

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Saintly Donor Returns with Signature Kettle Gift

Thursday, December 5, 2013
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The following was originally posted on The Salvation Army Northern Division’s blog. St. Grand, the benevolent giver who began stuffing 10 crisp $100 bills in Salvation Army kettles…

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How Your Kettle Donations Help Families Like “Jack’s”

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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  The following was contributed by Major Mark Brown, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Coastal Alabama Area Command and featured as part of AL.com’s “Neediest Families” Campaign. Visit http://www.al.com/neediest-families/ to read…

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Salvation Army Volunteer Among Inspiring Youth Honored by Kevin Spacey at National Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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In recognition of Salvation Army Week, we would like to take this chance and highlight two inspiring youth volunteers. The 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of…

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Stay Tuned…Kettle Kick-Off Announcement Today!

Sunday, October 28, 2012
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As promised, we are on the scene updating live from Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX and gearing up to make the big announcement of who will be performing…

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