The holiday season is here, and that means The Salvation Army Red Kettles are out.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle dates all the way back to 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught over many San Francisco individuals going hungry.
McFee wanted to provide a free Christmas dinner for the individuals who were going hungry but did not have any funding for the project.
He then had the idea of placing a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco. McFee soon had the funds to provide a free Christmas dinner.
The kettle idea spread to Boston and 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 in Madison Square Garden, and that tradition has continued for many years.
Today in the United States, The Salvation Army assists more than 4.5 million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Kettles are now used everywhere including Korea, Japan, Chile and other European countries.
If anyone would like to donate to The Salvation Army, you can visit their website. Red Kettles are now hanging in different Central Texas locations.
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