History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness. In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs, hundreds of them in Québec.

For most Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their first point of contact with The Salvation Army all year. According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail and corporate partners to ensure the ongoing success of this campaign. Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services. The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events that allows us to reach out to some 1,8 million Canadians each year.

Canada’s first kettle was seen in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906. For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Kettle Promotional Video


Volunteers Needed

Ring a Christmas Kettle bell and help your local Salvation Army raise money for its community services.

Volunteer Kettle Hosts are needed in communities throughout Québec.

Through your generous support, The Salvation Army provides programs and services in your community.  We welcome individuals, groups, companies, clubs, organizations and teams to sponsor a Kettle by giving their time – host a Kettle for 2-4 hours or for a day.

Locations throughout Québec’s province ― Québec ― Montréal ― Saint-Jérôme ― Shawinigan ― Sherbrooke ― South Shore ―


2017 Kettle Coordinator Contact List


― Montréal
Alexandru Beg
514-288-2848 #2263


― Québec
Véronique Mercier
418-641-0050 # 242.


― South Shore
Ricaurte Velasquez
514-566-2155 #2


― Saint-Jérôme
Chantale Finlay


― Shawinigan
Major Stephen McNeilly
819 840-3420


― Sherbrooke
Capitaine Claude Dagenais
819-566-6298 # 217