In 1891, the Salvation Army used the first red kettle to change to support and feed the destitute and poverty-stricken of San Francisco during the holidays. Today, red kettles are located all over the world and more than 4 million people are assisted during the holidays in the United States alone. The contributions made by the general public allow the organization to provide year-round services like drug/alcohol and prisoner rehabilitation, disaster relief, and Christmas charity.
Each Christmas we do our part by donating to the many bell ringers that volunteer their time to make a difference. Day 23 of the 25 Days of Giving was dedicated to filling the red kettle. We made donations at multiple sites throughout the city while thanking the bell ringers that volunteered their time to make a difference in our community.
Day 24, Christmas Eve, is called Neighborly Gift. Make a homemade gift or bake some goodies and deliver them to neighbor. Remember, good neighbors make great neighborhoods.