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The "miracle" of Christmas happens again and again through joy, caring, and sharing. The Salvation Army Red Kettle is a tradition of the Christmas scene in Brown County, with thousands of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless of our community.

Many of The Salvation Army programs operate only because of the time and donations we receive through the Red Kettle Campaign. Donations provide food and shelter for families in need. Financial assistance helps with
basic necessities as well as seasonal assistance.

In October of each year, on-line and phone sign-up begin for those who wish to bell ring. The Salvation Army of Brown County has many indoor and outdoor locations throughout the greater Green Bay area and surrounding communities for ringing. Bell ringing hours vary per location and are available Monday-Saturday. Please note we do not ring on Sundays.

To sign up for bell ringing on-line please visit www.ringbells.org or click here.

Bell Ringing Photo Contest
You can enter the Bell Ringing Photo Contest through The Salvation Army of Brown County’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/tsagreenbay) or Twitter page (@SAGREENBAY). To enter on Facebook, post a picture of yourself ringing bells onto our newsfeed and include the date, time, and location of bell ringing, in the caption. To enter on Twitter, tweet a picture of yourself ringing bells and tag us with @SAGREENBAY, include the date, time, and location of bell ringing and #feedtheneed. You may enter one picture for each one-hour shift. The Bell Ringing Photo Contest begins November 8, 2013 and ends December 28, 2013.

Prizes
Grand Prize: One 16GB
Black iPad Mini.
Second Place Prize: One month family membership to the Kroc Center.
Third Place Prize: Two family day passes to the Kroc Center.

Click here for official contest rules.

History of The Salvation Army Red Kettle - Courtesy of The Salvation Army - USA

In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of The Salvation Army was distraught because so many poor individuals in SanFrancisco 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 The Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

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The Salvation Army THE SALVATION ARMY OF BROWN COUNTY MISSION

The Salvation Army of Brown County, Local Mission Statement:

The Salvation Army is a spiritual community that fosters an environment that improves self-sufficiency, promotes self-discovery and provides hope.

We promote the well-being of all who come to us, including those who are unable to meet their basic needs or be self-sufficient. We coordinate a comprehensive array of services to meet human needs as our resources allow.

It is our commitment to direct those in need to the most appropriate program or service available, whether offered by The Salvation Army or another agency or provider.

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