Major Andrew Kelly of The Salvation Army Austin joined us in the studio with an update on The Salvation Army’s famous Red Kettle campaign. With its beginnings dating back to 1891, when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco determined he was going to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area’s poor, to this year when The Salvation Army will once again raise funds in our community to support those in greatest need, bell ringers at a Red Kettle are some of the most familiar sights and sounds of the holidays.
Locally tens of thousands of people are assisted every year through Red Kettle and other donations. There is a quiet crisis of family homelessness in our community, and The Salvation Army is helping individuals and families – including a growing number of children – to move toward improved employment and safe housing, to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Donations are needed to ensure that these families can receive the shelter, meals and support services they need to get back on their feet again. Volunteers are also needed to ring a bell at a Red Kettle. It’s a fun way to make a difference right here in our community.
In addition to ringing a bell at a Red Kettle, The Salvation Army is inviting musicians to perform at a Red Kettle. Inspired by Texas Country singer-songwriter, Cory Morrow, musicians of all types are invited to sign up to perform during December by visiting SalvationArmyAustin.org. Major Kelly invited viewers to join him in the #FightforGood to provide a hand up for people in greatest need in our community – including a growing number of women and children who have been shut out of the economic prosperity of our community. The community is invited to learn about volunteering or make a donation at SalvationArmyAustin.org.
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