45 Hours of Non-Stop Bell Ringing…and Counting

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Their numbers have shrunk to just six final contestants, but the ringers are still standing after 45 (now 46) hours of non-stop bell ringing. They are half-awake, delirious,…

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Red Kettle Ringers Beat 2010 Record!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 17, 2011, at 12:01 a.m.–just after midnight–15 Salvation Army bell ringers in cities across the country surpassed the world record set in 2010 for the longest continuous…

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Moving Past 30 and Onto 36 Hours to Set a World Record

Friday, December 16, 2011
Alan Jermyn in Biloxi, MS with a little bit of support.

Fifteen Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers, including Alan Jermyn in Biloxi, MS, are only 6 hours away from matching and surpassing the 36 hour benchmark for hours rung…

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San Francisco Rocks the Square

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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San Francisco’s Union Square was jam packed December 9 with music lovers, Salvation Army supporters and bell ringers as local bands and musicians performed at the Golden State…

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Salvation Army’s Vintage TV Ads

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Burl Ives encourages viewers to donate to The Salvation Army in an old public service ad.

We always enjoy reading the fun stories and the innovative ideas of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory on their blog Expect Change.

Lately, we’ve been loving their posts that feature Salvation Army TV advertisements from back in the day. The old commercials were discovered by the West’s MultiMedia Ministries staff and we’re thankful that they made them available for everyone to see!

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National Commander Rings the Bells

Friday, December 2, 2011
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Commissioner William A. Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army, decided to forego his lunch break today to ring bells at a red kettle location outside of Starbucks in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Standing in the cold with a bell in one hand, a coffee occasionally in the other and always a grateful smile on his face, Commissioner Roberts wished passersby a Merry Christmas and offered a boisterous “thank you” to all who donated to the kettle.

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Bell Ringers Discover Unique Donations

Friday, December 2, 2011
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While typical contributions to our red kettles usually involve dollars and coins, on occasion, one of our 25,000 volunteer bell ringers will receive a donation that stands out. We’re only eight days into The Salvation Army’s current Red Kettle Campaign and we’re already hearing stories about unique gifts from kettle passersby.

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Robert Davi Supports Salvation Army

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Actor and recording artist Robert Davi released his version of the holiday song, originally sung by 50′s crooner Frank Sinatra, in support of The Salvation Army. Every penny of Davi’s proceeds from the single will go directly towards The Salvation Army’s 120th Annual Red Kettle Campaign

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To Our Partners in Good: Thank You!

Friday, November 25, 2011
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With our Red Kettle Campaign officially kicking off yesterday, our annual Christmas tradition is in full swing. Starting today, thousands of faithful volunteer bell ringers standing outside of stores across the country, collecting donations for the millions of Americans in need. With a record number of families requesting help this year, we hope to exceed our collection goals so that we can continue providing the basic necessities for those who are struggling financially.

In light of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for not only the volunteers that tirelessly ring bells for The Salvation Army, but also for the many stores that allow our kettles to be stationed outside of their door at this time each year.

When the kettle tradition was founded by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee in 1891, he sought out a location for his collection “pot” that would be well-trafficked. He chose the Oakland Ferry Landing in San Francisco so it could be seen by everyone going to and from the ferry boats. Today, our corporate partnerships provide just that – prime locations during the season of giving (and shopping!).

Along with the thousands of local businesses that allow our kettles to collect, The Salvation Army would like to thank these national store partners in particular:

Big Lots

Bloomingdales

Hobby Lobby

Jcpenney

Kroger

Macy’s

Sam’s Club

Walgreens

Walmart

Along with supporting The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, many of our corporate partners individually contribute to The Salvation Army through various promotions and campaigns. We couldn’t “Do the Most Good” without their support.

From everyone at The Salvation Army: Thank You for supporting our efforts to ensure service to millions of Americans in need.

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Virtual Bell Ringer Raises $28,000 for Salvation Army

Monday, November 21, 2011
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Congratulations to Nick Pepperworth of Anchorage, AK, the winner of our Online Red Kettle Contest! Nick was able to collect donations from more individual donors than anyone else…

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