Thoughts on Thursday – Salvation Army Kettle

I was listening to the radio on my way into work today and a gentleman by the name of Captain Fred Reid  from the Salvation Army in Bracebridge was being interviewed, which prompted me to write and copy and paste this post 🙂

The Salvation Army does so much for  people all year-long , not just during the holidays’, check out thier website to see everything they do and where your contributions go. It is one of the charities I support in one way or another…. I love thrift shopping and always donate food and clothing and put money in the “kettles”, I know I could do more.

Area Salvation Armys are now taking appointments for hamper applications.

Captain Fred Reid of the Bracebridge Salvation Army says they have seen a steady increase in the need for services and that they are preparing for a record number of Christmas hampers. But Reid adds if anyone is in need of assistance, they should not hesitate to contact them or the offices in Huntsville and Gravenhurst. Meantime, bells will begin to ring later this month as the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaigns kickoff at locations across Muskoka.  (

This next news clip I thought was amazing and needed to share 🙂

One of our food banks needs your help to secure much needed funds to help feed the hungry. Manna Food Bank in Bracebridge has been selected as one of 100 food banks across Canada to be a part of Kraft Food for Families, new campaign delivering $125,000 to food banks all over the country. From now until December 31st, Canadians can add their name once a day, every day at the website and for each name received; 50 cents will be donated to their local participating food bank. A total of $20,000 is available in each region and once the $20,000 is reached, the food bank with the most names in each region will receive a bonus donation of $5,000.

I did not know until today the history behind the Red Kettle

Red Kettle History

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome — funding the project.

Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city’s poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.

The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.

Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.

Captain McFee’s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.(