Red Kettle Campaign

GWU Volunteers Help Put the “Fun” in Christmas Fundraising for The Salvation Army

One of the most iconic sights and sounds of the holidays is a ringing bell and The Salvation Army Red Kettle. With the Christmas season right around the corner, The Salvation Army offices of Cleveland and Rutherford Counties are seeking volunteers to help at various locations throughout both counties. In addition, volunteer opportunities are also available in Asheville, N.C., and Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

While some members of the Gardner-Webb University family have already volunteered to give their time, more people are needed to ring bells as well as help with the food and toy distributions for families in need during the month of December. In fact, GWU has established a history of support for The Salvation Army through benefit concerts and volunteer efforts.

The history of the Christmas red kettle dates back to 1891, when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was overwhelmed by the amount of poor people in San Francisco. Determined to help provide them with a free Christmas dinner, McFee recalled something from his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, and began placing pots around the city to collect donations. He successfully raised enough money to feed the poor and the word quickly spread about what good the “red kettle” could do.

Over the decades, The Salvation Army has raised million of dollars on behalf of the 4.5 million people they serve during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Shelby, Rutherfordton/Forest City, Asheville, and Greenville, S.C., contact Noel Manning.