Jim Malner Rings The Kettle BellsOn December 17, Jim Malner put down his laptop computer and picked up a set of jingle bells to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign as an official Bell Ringer at Southgate Shopping Centre. The Christmas Kettle Campaign runs from mid-November to December 24. This year, the Salvation Army set a goal to raise $21 million. As of December 16, the campaign has accumulated $11 million.
What Is A Bell Ringer?
A Bell Ringer is a volunteer that can be found next to the Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas Kettles. Bell Ringers shake the bells as a subtle reminder for everyone to give generously during the Holiday Season. Today, there are over 2,000 Kettle locations nationwide that require Bell Ringers to spread awareness. Kettles are usually found at malls and other populated areas around your local community.
History Of The Christmas Kettle Campaign
Captain Joseph McFee started the Christmas Kettle Campaign in 1891 to help provide meals for the poor in San Francisco. The first Christmas Kettle was a “Simpson’s Pot,” which was originally used in England to collect donations for the needy. Canada’s first Christmas Kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1906. Over a century later, the tradition continues with Kettles across North America and Bell Ringers standing close by.
Where Do All The Donations Go
Christmas is the busiest season for the Salvation Army. Each year, the Kettle Campaign provides assistance to roughly 1.8 million Canadians that stand in need. Donations collected from the Christmas Kettle Campaign provide food, shelter, counselling, toys and financial assistance throughout the year to those less fortunate.
“The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.” – The Salvation Army
You Can Be A Bell Ringer, Too
Each year, the Salvation Army needs volunteers to help ring the Christmas bells and collect donations for the local community. Find out how to give your time to the Christmas Kettle Campaign visiting the Salvation Army website or contacting them directly at the number listed below. But if you are unable to become a Bell Ringer, you can still donate to the Kettle Campaign online or even host an online Kettle.
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