What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle is an annual fundraising campaign that occurs during the Christmas season.  There are 2,000 different kettle locations across Canada making this campaign an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army.

For too many Canadians, access to everyday needs such as food, shelter, and clothing is very difficult.  The funds raised through Christmas Kettle donations, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, and hands-on service to 1.6 million people in Canada each year.

What is the history behind the kettles?

In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor.

The first time a kettle was used in Canada was in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1906.

How do I get involved with this fundraising campaign in my community?

Please contact your local Salvation Army facility to offer your services in support of the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Where can I get more information online about this fundraising campaign?

For more information, click here to visit the Christmas Kettle FAQ page.

Click here for Ministry Unit information on Christmas Kettle hiring and separation procedures.