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.
- Aldine Westfield Corps Community Center – North Houston (by Hardy Toll Road and Tidwell)
- 2600 Aldine Westfield, Houston, Texas 77093
- International Corps Community Center – Southwest Houston (near Beechnut, in between S. Dairy Ashford and S. Kirkwood Rd.)
- 7920 Cook Road, Houston, Texas 77072
- Northwest Corps Community Center – Northwest Houston (near the Tollway and N. Gessner Rd.)
- 12507 Windfern Road, Houston, Texas 77064
- Temple Corps Community Center – Near Northside Houston (by I-45 and Cavalcade St.)
- 4516 Irvington Blvd., Houston, Texas 77009
- Conroe Corps Community Center – Conroe, Texas (in Montgomery County)
- 304 Avenue E, Conroe, Texas 77301
- Pasadena Corps Community Center – Pasadena, Texas
- 2732 Cherrybrook Lane, Pasadena, Texas 77502
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.