It’s almost the middle of November and our traditional Christmas kettles are already dotting city streets in many places around the US.  And, our online counterpart is gaining visibility too.

If you’ve always wanted to ring the bell but have, a) a packed holiday calendar, b) an aversion to shopping malls, or c) a fear of frostbite, we’ve got the solution.  Ring online!

I’ve already started my own personal kettle. Here’s what it looks like (feel free to click on the link and make a gift!):

Personal fundraising widget for 2009 Red Kettle campaign

It couldn’t be easier to set up a kettle:
> Just follow this link to The Salvation Army USA Online Red Kettle site

> Click the red “start a new kettle” button in the middle of the page
> Choose the type of kettle you’d like to create (personal or team)
> Set a dollar goal
> Proceed to the registration page and tell us who you are and where you’re located
> Set up your login ID and password
> Bookmark your kettle page so you can get to it easily

If you need some extra help setting up your kettle, please watch our video tutorials.

Once you’re logged in, you can click on “manage my settings” at the top right corner.  From there you can customize your page, email your friends, and install the Facebook application which will help you get the word out about your kettle to your online community.

Give it a try this year!  You’ll be helping The Salvation Army in your community minister to people who are struggling to take care of themselves and their families.

Let me know if you’ve started your own kettle in the comment section below.  Feel free to give us a link to your kettle page too.

Thank you and God bless you!

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