Unique Kettle Donations


While you were out enjoying time with loved ones, or getting that last minute Christmas shopping wrapped up, chances are you came across one of our 25,000 bell ringers standing with The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles and ringing those glorious bells.

Supporters walking by typically hand over spare change and dollar bills, but every year we see unique contributions such as gold coins, wedding bands and golden nuggets finding their way into our kettles from generous, anonymous passersby who wish to make a huge impact.

Check out a few of these incredible stories we’ve seen during this 124th Red Kettle Campaign:

An anonymous donor in Boston slipped a wedding band and a diamond engagement ring into a red kettle, along with a jeweler’s appraisal and this heartfelt note:

“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your red kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver. I especially remember his joy in giving at Christmastime, especially to those in need. To honor his memory, I donate this ring. I’m hoping there’s someone out there who made lots of money this year and will buy the ring for ten times it’s worth. After all, there’s no price on love or the sentimental value of this ring. But money will help the kids. May everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!”

A very generous donor dropped a $10,000 check in Jacksonville, FL.

In Syracuse, New York, The Salvation Army received one unique donation that couldn’t fit in a kettle – a 100 troy ounces bar of silver valued between $1,500 and $1,700! The generous donor wished to remain anonymous.

The mysterious donor that is affectionately called “Saint Grand” filled the Twin Cities kettles with $14,000 this season! This is the fourth year in a row the donor has dropped bundles of 10 $100 bills into the kettles.

The Salvation Army in Shelby, North Carolina received a gold 50 Pecos on Saturday with a heartfelt note attached to it.

And that's just a few examples! We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters. Thank you for continuing to help us Do The Most Good!

Red Kettle donations helps The Salvation Army serve 4.2 million individuals during the holidays with food, shelter, financial assistance and Christmas presents for children. See how your donations change lives. 

Happy New Year!







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