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
Grand

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
Nebraska

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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Guess the 2012 Kettle Kickoff Performer For a Chance to Win!

Monday, October 22, 2012
24 November 2011:  Enrique Iglesias sings in The Salvation Army's Kettle Kickoff at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.   The Cowboys won the game 20-19.  Photo by James D. Smith

The Salvation Army’s 121st annual Christmas Red Kettle Campaign is fast approaching, which means we’ll once again launch the season of giving with our 16th annual Red Kettle Kickoff…

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Strides To Success: Kettle Classic 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Do you enjoy running for approximately 35 minutes? Do you like to support a good cause while you’re at it?

Here’s your chance! If you live in the Washington, DC area (or willing to travel), you can break a sweat on April 28th at The Salvation Army’s Kettle Classic 5K run/walk benefiting the Turning Point Center – a transitional living center for homeless women with children.

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Detroit Paints the Town Army Red!

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Detroit

On December 22, businesses and community members of the Metro Detroit area rallied together in support of The Salvation Army. Acknowledging 125 years of service in the area, businesses in the downtown area honored The Salvation Army’s last day of the Red Kettle Campaign by “going red” – Salvation Army red that is!

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And the Kettle Kickoff Talent Is…Enrique Iglesias!

Friday, November 4, 2011

After hours of build up, we are proud to announce that our featured performer for our 15th annual Red Kettle Kickoff is acclaimed pop artist Enrique Iglesias!

Performing at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show on Thanksgiving Day, Enrique is helping us “kick off” the 120th anniversary of the Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. So not only do you get to watch the Cowboys battle the Miami Dolphins, you’ll get to dance off that turkey dinner while Enrique lights up the stage! You won’t want to miss hits from his Euphoria tour, including his newest song about giving back!

“This is a great opportunity – to spend Thanksgiving in Dallas where music, football and helping others truly comes together,” said Enrique.

Fans also have the opportunity to see this entire event LIVE entering our virtual bell ringer contest! You could win an all expenses paid trip to Dallas for the big game and kettle kickoff. All you have to do is sign up as a virtual bell ringer with The Salvation Army Online Red Kettle campaign! The person who collects the highest number of donors to give to their individual kettle will be eligible to win! Visit www.onlineredkettle.org to get started today. Don’t wait too long! The contest ends November 18.

After you’ve counted your blessings and eaten turkey to your heart’s content, help us bring in the Christmas season in style by watching the big game and The Salvation Army kettle kickoff halftime show beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST airing on FOX!

Click Here for our official press release.

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Some Tips from the Reigning Online Kettle King

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We know. Salvation Army bell ringers are probably all over the place in your town! but there’s even more of them that you don’t see because their kettles are all online.

Yep. Virtual bell ringers.

And Jim Cummings from Denver, CO seems to be the virtual kettle king. So far this season his online kettle has raised a hefty $52,000, nearly 75% of his $70,000 goal. The guy’s good!

So good, in fact, that this is actually his 5th year in a row to raise the most money for an individual online kettle. As you recall, this Thanksgiving his efforts earned him a trip to our Red Kettle Kickoff in Dallas. In past years his outstanding kettle also won him another trip to Dallas to attend The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board Conference. Jim is on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Metro Denver where he is 1st vice chair.

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Jim hands out and posts cards encouraging people to donate to his online kettle. This is one side…

How’s he do it? Jim does a great job of reaching out to friends, family, and coworkers through email to encourage them to help him fill his online red kettle. And even something as simple as an email pays off big.

“I am a retired partner of Deloitte and a large portion of my gifts come through present and past Deloitte personnel from all over the world,” he says. “I have received gifts this year from Hong Kong, UK and Germany.”

But as many contacts as Jim already has, he’s not afraid to enlist the help of acquaintances.

Jim regularly volunteers with a real bell and kettle at Walmart and the mall. When people pass by or donate their change, he hands them a card he pre-printed with information about how to donate to his online red kettle. They may forget Jim’s name and web address by the time they get home, but they’ve got the handout to remind them! He also posts the cards at various places like Starbucks and church.

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…and this is the other.

How does he feel after all that work?

“It was a lot of fun,” he admits. “A lot of people wanted to see me win.”

His impressive record has earned him a special nickname from his church pastor:
“#1 ding-a-ling.”

So what advice can Jim give someone who wants to support The Salvation Army but doesn’t think standing on street corners with a bell and kettle is their thing?

He recommends do it all online by hosting you own virtual red kettle. The website is easy to work with and raising support is as simple as sending an email to friends and family.

To start your own individual or team (yes, get others involved too!) kettle, visit www.onlineredkettle.org.

Who knows, maybe next year you’ll give Jim a run for his money for the 2011 title of #1 ding-a-ling.



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