The Salvation Army’s familiar red kettle and ringing bells have made its annual appearance in the Greater Hartford Area. The bell ringing is a reminder to all of the needs in the community. Over one hundred years ago the first kettle was set up by a young Captain in San Francisco. His goal was raise sufficient funds to feed the areas hungry. They used the motto “Keep the pot boiling.” Over the years the kettle has become an iconic symbol of Christmas and is associated with The Salvation Army and the Christmas Season.
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer groups to continue the tradition to ring bells at one of the more than 50 locations throughout the Greater Hartford Region. Volunteer groups willing to take a day (most often a Saturday) will be given to opportunity to help make a difference in the community, show their support of the needs in the area.
Interested groups should contact The Salvation Army’s Greater Hartford offices and set up a time and date to ring the bell. Contact The Salvation Army at 860.543.8413. Click here for more information. The work is fun, exciting and very satisfying for all who participate. Volunteer groups will be recognized at the reception in January.
The Annual Red Kettle Appeal, which runs through December 24th, is a major fund raising effort that supports the ministries and programs operated by The Salvation Army in the Greater Hartford Area.