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November 10, 2015 > Red Kettle Challenge

Red Kettle Challenge

Submitted By The Salvation Army Tri-Cities Corps

Celebrity bell-ringers from Fremont, Newark and Union City will compete to raise the most funds in their Red Kettle when The Salvation Army Tri-Cities Corps launches the 125th Annual Red Kettle Campaign on Wednesday, November 18 in Fremont.

Enjoy light refreshments, hear a brass quartet play popular carols and support your favorite celebrity, or city, at the kickoff event from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The winning fundraiser/city will be announced, once the final count is in, and will receive a commemorative plaque marking the achievement.

The Red Kettle debuted at Christmas 1891 at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street, San Francisco, as a crab pot to collect funds when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee resolved to provide free Christmas dinner for 1,000 of the Bay AreaÕs poor and disadvantaged.

By 1897, McFeeÕs kettle idea had reached the Boston area. That year, the nationwide effort provided 150,000 Christmas dinners. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City enabled the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the United States, The Salvation Army assists more than 4.5 million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Kettle monies help fund local, social services for those in most need in the Tri-Cities communities. Our services include food programs, after-school and family programs, health and fitness classes, utility assistance, seasonal programs and much more. About 83 percent of donations go directly to program funding.

The iconic Red Kettle has become a global tradition. Kettles are used to receive donations in Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. In the United States, public support of The Salvation ArmyÕs Red Kettle enables the organization to serve around 29 million people, annually.

Join us at this fun event, meet our celebrity bell-ringers and keep your chosen Red Kettle boiling! Thank you for your support.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff
Wednesday, November 18
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lucky Supermarket, Los Arboles Shopping Ctr
5000 Mowry Ave, Fremont
(510) 793-6319
David.JS.Kim@usw.salvationarmy.org

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