The holiday season is often associated with giving.
During this time of year, many are looking for ways to give back – whether it’s through donations or volunteering.
The Salvation Army runs two programs as Christmas draws closer – the Red Kettle Campaign and the Angel Tree Program.
Through the Red Kettle Campaign, community members ring bells outside store fronts and collect donations.
This idea originated in 1891, when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee sought to provide a Christmas dinner to the needy, according to the Register to Ring website. To collect the funds, McFee set up an iron kettle and a sign, which said “Keep the Pot Boiling.”
Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support programs and services, including homeless shelters, disaster relief, and anti-human trafficking.
Individuals and groups can get involved by donating at red kettles set up outside stores or online. They may also serve as bell ringers – either in person or virtually. To sign up for bell ringing or donate online, visit the Register to Ring website.
For the Angel Tree program, participants are able to provide donations or purchase gifts for less fortunate children. Monetary donations are accepted online. Members of the public can buy items through The Salvation Army website or select an angel by reaching out to the local Salvation Army chapter.
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