Salvation Army Kettle Kick off event #FillTheKettle

MESSAGE received from Salvation Army on November 25th (post-event)

Thank you SOOOOOOO much for your amazing support this past Saturday at the Inaugural Fill the Kettle: Celebrity Kettle Kick Off event to launch the Greater Vancouver kettle campaign.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Together, we raised a grand total of $2563.75 in 4 hours!

To provide some perspective, this is well above what a kettle in a prime location in mid-December could raise in an 8 hour day.

Thank you again for your help in making this a memorable day through your energy, enthusiasm and desire to participate in a long standing Christmas tradition!   We had so much fun and hope you did too!   Your presence and support was extremely valuable and we appreciate you sharing your time with us.

Remember the funds raised through the kettle campaign make a difference in your community – providing essential services and compassionate care to millions of people who face poverty, addiction, homelessness, abuse and other serious situations which they cannot manage on their own.  Thank you for partnering with us in giving hope today!

Tomorrow between 11 and 3 my whole family will be joining other local media personalities, musicians, celebrities, politicians and athletes ringing the bells and helping fill the kettle…along with hot chocolate, music, and a ton of Christmas spirit!  Come join us!

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Christmas Kettle Season kicks off tomorrow!

The goal in BC this season is to raise $4 million dollars to support all programs and services offered to those in need.  The #FillTheKettle campaign runs from November 14th through to December 24th and happens throughout the Vancouver lower mainland.

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada's largest and most recognizable annual charitable events – there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a range of Salvation Army programs and services.  The Salvation Army relies on the support and general goodwill of those in the community who continue to give to the work being done by TSA everyday.

The red kettle campaign is one of The Salvation Army's long-standing Christmas traditions, and continues to be the largest fundraising initiative across Canada. The funds raised through the kettle campaign make a difference in your community – providing essential services and compassionate care to millions of people who face poverty, addiction, homelessness, abuse and other serious situations which they cannot manage on their own.

Kettle Kick Off Event: It's time to ring those bells!

On Saturday, November 23 between 11 and 3 The Salvation Army red kettles will line the corner of Howe & Georgia at the Pacific Center Rotunda for the official launch of the Greater Vancouver kettle campaign.

There will be local media personalities, musicians, celebrities, politicians and athletes ringing the bells and helping fill the kettle…along with hot chocolate, music, and a ton of Christmas spirit!

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History of the Christmas Kettle

In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help vulnerable people in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he had no funds to do so.  He remembered, during his earlier days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, seeing a large iron kettle where passengers of boats that docked tossed coins in to, to help the poor.  Captain McFee suspended a similar pot from a tripod at the Oakland Ferry Landing and encouraged the public to “keep the Pot Boiling.”  He collected enough money to host a Christmas dinner for the poor.  Canada's first kettle was used in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1906.

Every year in Vancouver, The Salvation Army provides

  • 1,182,435  meals for the hungry
  • 450 transitional housing beds
  • 554 shelter beds for the homeless
  • 189 extreme cold weather beds
  • 112 residential beds for parolees
  • 118 adult treatment beds
  • 25 beds for domestically abused women and families
  • 6 youth recovery beds
  • 277 assisted living / long term care for seniors
  • 10 hospice beds
  • 17 community crisis response units responding to emergencies
  • family services in 39 communities

Ways to Donate

Check out the Fill the Kettle website.  The site will have two features for people to:

  1. Donate to a kettle in their area.
  2. Host an online kettle.
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