Salvation Army Prepares for Red Kettle Season, Volunteers Needed
The Salvation Army will put out 350 kettles around the Twin Cities in the next six weeks. The nonprofit will need 50,000 volunteer hours to staff those kettles and is asking for volunteers to sign up.
“We need an army. We need an army of people to come help pick a kettle. Do some bell ringing. That’s how we pay for all of the services that we provide for the community. The food, shelter, and care,” said Brian Molohon with Salvation Army Twin Cities.
The Salvation Army will put out 350 kettles around the Twin Cities for six weeks. That translates into 50,000 volunteer hours needed to man all the kettle shifts from mid-November to Dec. 24. The Salvation Army also wants you to know that if you see a kettle out and you aren’t carrying cash, you can still give.
“On the kettle sign itself we’ve got a QR code. On your phone open up your camera. Simply hold it up to the QR code. Up will pop a donate page where you can put in any dollar amount you want,” said Molohon.
The electronic kettles accept Google Pay and Apple Pay. And new this year, they can accept donations through Venmo and PayPal. If you want to pick a particular kettle location and time Molohon said you can go online now to sign up for bell ringing.
The Salvation Army lists all the specific bell ringing locations on its signup page.