Sign up to be a bell ringer

The bell ringing season officially kicks off nationally on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season.

Thanks to our bell ringers, every year The Salvation Army of Greater Houston is able to raise over a $1,000,000  through our Red Kettle campaign. All the money raised in the Greater Houston Area stays in our community, helping fund our year-round programs and services.

Want to be a Bell Ringer?

The Salvation Army of Greater Houston has six (6) Corps Community Centers that spearhead our Red Kettle Campaign. Each of our Corps Community Centers is in charge of different areas of our city. The best way to volunteer as a bell ringer is to find the Corps Community Center closest to you or to the store you’d like to ring bells at.

History of Red Kettle Campaign

A Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco had resolved in December of 1891 to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area’s poor. He remembered his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England where the boats came in, he saw a large pot into which charitable donations were thrown by passersby. This is how his idea of placing a pot in a conspicuous area for donations came about.  By Christmas 1895, the kettle was used in 30 Salvation Army locations in various sections of the West Coast area.

Today, donations to The Salvation Army kettles at Christmas help support the nearly 30 million people served by the Army and can be found in many foreign countries such as Korea, Japan, Chile, many European countries and Australia.