Articles in Red Kettle
We’ve got some thank yous to make! Every year about this time, all the number crunching has been completed and we’re able to share the results of our recent Red Kettle Campaign.
Now, many of our local Salvation Army officers are making the rounds to thank their faithful volunteers who make Christmas possible for so many folks in need in their communities. Lt. Mark Stearns in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently had a big thank you to make to a Rotary Club that’s been raising money at the red kettles for 50 years!
Tis the season to be merry and give thanks! During this wonderful time of year, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of The Salvation Army’s corporate partners who continue to support our mission each year.
We recently received a sweet note from Joyce and Dana Becker. We had our first contact with them two years ago when Dana was diagnosed with rectal cancer Stage 3. They found a specialist in Chicago but didn’t have the money for the plane fare. That’s where The Salvation Army becomes part of this story.
Actor Bruce Boxleitner is the star of a great family holiday film this year called Silver Bells. In the film he plays Bruce Dalt, a hyper-competitive sportscaster and family man. But this isn’t the first time Boxleitner has used his talent to support the work of The Salvation Army!
Capt. James Brickson is a contestant in the World Record Bell Ringing competition being held now across the United States. He’s ringing in chilly Albert Lea, Minnesota. Eric Brickson wanted to support his brother across the country, so he streamed some video of his group performing four Christmas songs in California so Capt. Brickson could listen live from his ringing location.
Real estate professionals are active in the daily life of their communities and know their neighbors. They’re hard working, friendly, committed, and well-connected. That’s why we’re thrilled that a few thousand of them will volunteer to pick up the bell and ring beside our kettles this Christmas!
Each year we post a list of the local, regional and national retail chain stores with whom we have an agreement to stand our kettles here in the Western US. These companies are great corporate citizens who know that the iconic red kettle is a symbol of Christmas giving which helps their neighbors in need.
In 2011 Major Marcelino Soriano, known as Butch, captured the world record for a Salvation Army officer by ringing the bell at the red kettle for 51 straight hours.* This year, Major Butch is in the contest again and expecting to beat his own record. He knows the rigors of 24/7 bell ringing so this year he trained and trained hard!
During the holiday season, Salvation Army bellringers are visible at the storefronts of many of our retail partners, but we’d like to take a moment to highlight a consistently supportive company in California that always says yes to the kettle: Safeway! Safeway (parent company of Vons and Pavilions) has helped put food on the table in more ways than one! Last year alone, kettles in front of their California stores raised nearly $1.5 million during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
Another holiday movie will be released this year that includes a depiction of the work of The Salvation Army. The film is called The Christmas Candle and it’s based on the Max Lucado book of the same name.
Getting in the spirit of Christmas will be a tiny bit easier this year because of a great new family film called Silver Bells by the folks at Pure Flix. Silver Bells features actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5, Scarecrow and Mrs. King) as Bruce Dalt, a hyper-competitive sportscaster and family man.