Welcome to the Bellringer Kettle Volunteer Page
If you are interested in volunteering as a Christmas Kettle Bellringer then you’ve come to the right place.
Below you will find a listing of all the cities in the Ontario Great Lakes Division that run a Christmas Kettle Campaign. But first, here are a few important details.
History of the Christmas Kettle
In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help vulnerable people in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he had no funds to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, seeing a large iron kettle where passengers of boats that docked tossed coins in to help the poor. Captain McFee suspended a similar pot from a tripod at the Oakland Ferry Landing and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough money to host a Christmas dinner for the poor.
Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906. Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide. For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!
Expectations of a Kettle Bellringer
- Please review the Bellringer Position Description by clicking here Position Description – Volunteer Bellringer
- Also review the Orientation Training Video found here.
Applying to be a Bellringer
- Once you have read the Position Description and viewed the video, please the local Kettle Coordinator for London at [email protected]
- Provide your name, phone number and email address in the body of the message.
Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.