Bells will soon be ringing across Charlotte signaling the start of the Christmas season. The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte is preparing for its iconic annual Red Kettle campaign, and it’s in need of volunteer bell ringers.
The Red Kettle campaign kick-offed on Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 24. Kettles will be found in more than 50 locations around Charlotte (with scores more in the metro region). Volunteers can sign up for 4-hour-shifts (4 to 8 p.m.), or adopt a whole day, Monday through Saturday throughout the campaign. To sign up to volunteer for the Red Kettle Campaign in Charlotte, visit SalvationArmyCharlotte.org/volunteer (For information on the Red Kettle campaign in surrounding counties, contact your local Salvation Army office.)
“Volunteers play a vital role with The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “Kettles staffed with volunteers help us dedicate even more of our resources to directly serving families who need us most. Plus, it’s a great outreach and service opportunity for individuals, corporate groups or church groups.”
Last year, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte raised more than $300,000 in the Red Kettles, funds that are critical for providing year-round services to homeless families and at-risk youth in our community.
The Red Kettle Campaign has been a staple of the Christmas season for more than 125 years. The Salvation Army traces its history in Charlotte back to 1904, when two sisters opened the first Salvation Army Corps on South Church Street. The following year, the first kettles were placed along the streets of Charlotte. The kickoff ceremony for this year’s campaign will be Friday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Harris Teeter in SouthEnd (2717 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209).