1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help the poor people in San
Francisco; especially for the coming Christmas season, but he didn't
know where to get funding for his project. He remembered, during his
early days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle
called "Simpson's Pot" where passengers of boats that docked at Stage
Landing tossed coins to help the poor.
The following day, Captain
McFee placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, beside the pot was a
sign that read "Keep the Pot Boiling." He was able to collect enough
donations to have a Christmas dinner for the poor people.
McFee's idea spread and in 1897, a nationwide effort was able to fund
150,000 Christmas dinners for the poor. In 1901, donations from New York
city funded a sit-down dinner at Madison Square Garden.
bell ringers and red kettles are seen on many reputable stores and malls
across the world. They use bells to attract the attention of passersby,
some volunteers even sing Christmas carols or play musical instruments
to raise donations. Some of the newer kettles even have a self-ringing
bell and a PA system that plays Christmas carols.
through the red kettles are used to help the needy, the sick, the aged
and other less fortunate individuals ALL YEAR LONG.
Regardless of religion or personal
beliefs, The Salvation Army helps those struggling in their greatest
time of need...and all donations, big and small help people in need!