Why Ring the Kettle?

When most people think about The Salvation Army, they instinctively hear ringing in their ears. That’s right, we are known for our bell-ringing during the Christmas season. For two months out of the year, we scatter kettles around Durham, Orange, and Person counties in anticipation of the much-needed donations that will come from generous supporters around our community.

On any given day, a volunteer ringing at a red kettle can bring us $200 or more. If we had volunteers staffing 30 kettles for one day, we may see upwards of $6,000 from a single day of ringing! I’m no mathematician, but if volunteers made $6,000 a day for two months, that would be an amazing contribution to our organization. These funds ensure that The Salvation Army of Durham can continue to serve the community through homelessness prevention, literacy and education, food pantry assistance, and after-school/summer care for at-risk youth.

These funds will also help us plan for our future in Durham. Our vibrant, growing community has changed very much in recent years, but the need remains. We want to continue to serve in the most effective ways. Our vision includes community gardens, job-readiness programs, STEM programming for students, and more. Believe it or not, ringing at a kettle for a few hours is pushing The Salvation Army toward these goals and more.

Who rings?

  • Cheerleading Squads
  • Businesses
  • Sororities
  • Fraternities
  • Civic Clubs
  • Police Departments
  • Athletic Teams
  • Bands
  • Scout Troops
  • Families (& their pets!)
  • You.

On average, just 60 minutes of red kettle bell ringing yield enough in donations to:

  • feed 13 people.
  • fund 10 nights of emergency shelter.
  • keep 3 kids in the After-School Program.

Last year, we fell short of our fundraising goal. Help us reach it this year by joining The Salvation Army as a Red Kettle Ringer!

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