Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Bells Are Still Ringing

Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Bells are Still Ringing

The Salvation Army Red Kettles Need Your Help

Hampton Roads, VA (December 24, 2013) –  

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Hampton Roads

Not a kettle worker stayed quiet, they were all out in droves

For thousands relied on them and the money they receive

In hopes of brighter futures they wish to achieve.


This is the final day for the iconic red kettles that have been displayed throughout the region and The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command is requesting the help of the community to reach this year’s goal.

Each year in Hampton Roads, The Salvation Army displays over 200 kettles across the region to raise funds to support ongoing work. When a volunteer rings a bell, 83 cents of each dollar dropped in a kettle is used to support Salvation Army programs and services in the Hampton Roads community.

In this last push for donations, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command finds it is short of its goal by $60,000. The number of kettle locations has increased slightly this year, providing more opportunities for individuals to give, but the amount per kettle is lower this year.

“Although our visibility is heightened during the holidays, it is important for the community to know that our programs are ongoing throughout the year,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We aim to provide a hand up to those in need to get them back on their feet and into a productive and fulfilling role in life and the donations we receive through our red kettles help us accomplish that.”

The history of The Salvation Army kettles dates back to 1891 in San Francisco when Captain Joseph McFee was distraught over the growing number of hungry individuals in the city. He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing that collected money to serve the needy at Christmas. By 1901, the kettle program spread to Boston and New York City, providing funds to feed thousands. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

In addition to donations at kettle locations, the community can also support The Salvation Army in doing the most good in Hampton Roads by donating to our Online Red Kettle or by calling (757) 543-8100.