What is the Red Kettle?
The Red Kettle began in 1891, as a brass urn in California, with a Salvation Army officer collecting donations in order to provide Christmas dinner for 1,000 community members in need. In 1897, this same officer continued his efforts and raised money for 150,000 dinners. Today the Red Kettles around our nation raise more than $144 million each year, but the funds go much further than a warm Christmas meal. The funds raised in the Red Kettles throughout Central Virginia help us fund our programs throughout the year.
Why Give to the Red Kettle?
When you donate money to a Red Kettle, you aren’t just giving the change from your pockets. You’re contributing to change in your community. Your change helps fund programs that Give Hope to people in need right here in Central Virginia.