Nothing sounds more like the holidays than a Salvation Army bell ringer outside your local shopping mall or grocery store. The famous red kettle has been an American fixture for over 130 over years as thousands of bell ringers hit the streets between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, collecting money for those less fortunate.
The truth of the matter is, millions of parents cannot afford to buy their children Christmas gifts. So, organizations like The Salvation Army of Greater Houston is here to help. But they also need your help. This year, Register to Ring, a new volunteer platform will make it easier than ever for individuals and groups to sign up to support the Red Kettle Campaign and volunteer as bell ringers.
Register to Ring
“Register to Ring” provides a simple, online sign-up option where volunteers can select the specific date, time and location they would like to ring,” said Major Zach Bell, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston.
“Our goal is to man as many red kettles as possible with volunteer ringers this year. Bell ringing can be a lot of fun and has become a Christmas tradition for many families and groups. I encourage everyone to visit www.RegistertoRing.com today and sign up to be a bell ringer.”
The bell-ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve. Volunteers can be the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter an individual for a night.
Please go to www.RegistertoRing.com to sign up as a bell ringer. For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign, Angel Tree or any other Salvation Army program, visit us at For more information, visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.
The Red Kettle Challenge
Not everyone carries cash or change with them, which makes it hard to donate in person. But this year, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston has added a new twist to the iconic Red Kettle campaign with a community-wide competition, titled the #RedKettleChallenge.
The purpose of the challenge is to ask companies, families, churches, and other groups to commit to donating $1,250 each by “ringing” the famous Salvation Army bell through an online campaign or just by asking for donations.
For $1,250, one month of housing, food, and re-entry resources can be provided for a person experiencing homelessness in our community via The Salvation Army’s many supportive housing programs. Re-entry resources include educational support, counseling, and vocational services, in addition to the food and lodging offered at the centers. One kettle and $1,250 can change a life. All proceeds raised support our efforts to make rare, brief, and non-recurring in Houston, Texas.
The Red Kettle Challenge is open anytime between November 4th and December 31st, and when someone accepts the challenge, they are provided with an online kettle they can set up and customize themselves so that the link may be shared with family, friends, vendors, or customers to support the team.
Visit http://www.kettlehtx.org to sign up today and find out more information!
The Salvation Army will also be providing meals for families at a variety of community centers. For more information, call 713-752-0677.
Last year, all Salvation Army branches across the country raised $433.7 million, which will go towards food, shelter and social services for more than 23 million Americans.
Open your hearts and let’s beat that figure for 2019.
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