The Salvation Army Red Kettles are out, and with thousands of ringing hours to fill, your help is so important! Here's how to volunteer...

Some families have been ringing bells for the Salvation Army for years and years. It's part of their tradition of giving...

It started when my husband was just my boyfriend. We were both in choir and thought it'd be fun to sing at the kettles. Then...we just kept doing it. Now we have 5 grown kids, and they have kids, so as soon as you can register, I'm online reserving space for our family to ring a whole day at JCPenney. Then we come home, have pizza and pop and watch Christmas movies. Of all our traditions, this is the one that makes me smile the most. (Anonymous ringer)

Volunteering is easy and fun...and it really makes a difference. When a kettle has someone ringing, it makes hundreds more dollars than an un-staffed kettle

Plus, all the money stays here to help with local Salvation Army programs...

  • Meal Programs and Food Shelves
  • Rent Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Clothing and Household Items
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Medical Assistance
  • Seasonal Services
  • Veteran’s Assistance
  • Pathway of Hope for Families

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

It is SO easy. See that picture there to the left? Click it. Then on the left side of the Salvation Army page, just tell 'em what date, what city, and where you'd like to ring.

Simple. In, out, no mussin' about.

Who do you ring with? You can do it on your own, but it's way more fun with family or friends. A lot of people volunteer with people at work, and get to know each other better. Bosses...you'll find it improves moral, since everyone's working together to help people in our community. And heck, you get to know your employees better, too.

What about music? Great! Christmas music on a boom-box, singing, a guitar, a harmonica...bring 'em and remember, little kids are super sweet and really get people to donate.

No pets tho, please.