red kettle

As the leaves turn, it’s time to think about the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, which runs from the week of Thanksgiving through Christmas.  The drive is unique in that all the raised funds which have been collected in our communities stay in our communities.

The Salvation Army is available to help those in need by providing groceries, utility assistance, clothing and furniture, health needs, rent, utility bills and transient services.

The Red Kettle began in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain was looking for a way

to raise money to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area’s poor. By Christmas, 1895, the kettle was being used in 30 Salvation Army locations along the West Coast area.  By 1897, the kettles appeared in Boston and New York. Today, the kettles at Christmas time continue to support holiday meals for homeless and needy families but also help the Salvation Army serve 30 million people through a myriad of  other services all year long. Some services included are: disaster response services, social service programs, casework and counseling programs for health and abuse issues, youth services, senior centers, and still Christmas programs with dinners, toys, and other assistance.

If you or a group would like to volunteer a two-hour time frame to ring bells or sing carols, we are looking for people from the week of Thanksgiving through the week of Dec. 23.  We have kettles at the Springville Tops, Wal-Mart on weekends, and are able to place a kettle at 56 Main Street if someone is available to man it.  This is an excellent way for groups to do community service and help our neighbors at the same time.

You may contact Diane Fleckenstein, the Red Kettle coordinator, at or call her at 592-4054, for any questions or to volunteer some time.