Red Kettles

Red Kettle

What is your Red Kettle Reason?

“Because no one should go to bed hungry.” “Because I want to give the gift of a good night’s sleep.” “Because giving hope is priceless.” “Because every child deserves to smile at Christmas.”

These are Red Kettle Reasons. A Red Kettle Reason says why you won’t stand for poverty being the norm – that it has no place in our city or town.

The Salvation Army is here to feed hungry people, house individuals and families experiencing homelessness, make Christmas bright and, most importantly, meet the greatest needs where you live. You can help by starting your own Red Kettle Reason fundraiser to tell others why you support us and invite them to do the same. It’s just one of the simple ways you can join the Fight for Good against poverty.

Go ahead. Declare your Red Kettle Reason today.

$0.90 of every dollar stays in


90% of all your donations stays right here

Yes, This is a very true statement.  90 cents of every $1.00 donated stays in the Boyertown region to help with programs, food, needs and events that effect our local region!

Not many programs can make that statement, but the way the Salvation programs is run,  we are able to keep more money right in our area.

35,000 people that live in the 11 ZIP codes we serve

Kids, Moms, Dads, Teens, Seniors, families in need and so much more!

We speak with and help many different people in our region with food and other basic needs.

Who does it help?

Our Community

How can you help?


You can make a HUGE Difference

Wither  you make a money donation, help in the food pantry, serve meals, help ring a bell or volunteer at our many different events, YOU make a big difference.  We could not help this region the way we do with out the help of the many volunteers who serve.

If you feel lead to help , please contact our office to set up a meeting with our leadership.

Thank you and God Bless

Origin of Salvation Army Red Kettles

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -- funding the project.

Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city's poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.

The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.

Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.

Captain McFee's kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

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