The Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas Kettle has a long and fascinating history of providing hope in Canada. From its inception in 1906, where a single kettle in St. John’s, NL started an annual campaign to collect donations for the most vulnerable, to the modern day where kettles are in more than 2,000 locations across the country.

For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle has been a recognizable symbol of hope. Since then, the Christmas Kettle Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s largest and most significant annual charitable events.

All kettle donations in your community remain local and help fund important Salvation Army programs and services that supports struggling individuals and families. Last year, our Army of Givers provided life-changing outcomes to 1.1 million individuals through essential programs focused on food insecurity, housing and homeless supports, children and youth initiatives, addictions and mental health and caring for seniors.

So, when you hear our mission partners ringing bells at a kettle, drop in a donation, or tap your debit card. Every little bit counts to make a positive change and provide hope in the lives of the most vulnerable in your community.

Donate today at, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or look for the Christmas kettles in shopping areas this holiday season to help those in need in your community.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.