BellRinger“Kindness is contagious, and the Salvation Army people are kind, humble and loving without discrimination. Why wouldn’t you want to align yourself with people like that?”
—Nick Pepperworth, Anchorage -
Three-time national top fund-raiser , Online Red Kettle campaign

As Alaskan volunteers ring bells—with their family, friends, service club, or company—at a Salvation Army Red Kettle site, they give the gift of food, safe shelter, and rehabilitation to thousands of fellow Alaskans in need.

The Red Kettle campaign, which first started in San Francisco in 1891, raises funds that stay in the communities where given. In 2013, kettles raised nearly $136 million nationwide during the Season of Giving, from Thanksgiving to Christmas; Alaska's bell-ringers annually aim to raise about $600,000 from donations dropped into their kettles statewide.

Why you can feel good about giving

Across the country, Red Kettle funds support the 37 million people in poverty who turn to The Salvation Army year-round —not just for food and toys, but also for homeless assistance, senior and child care, drug abuse treatment, emergency and disaster services, and many other social service as well as spiritual needs.

In 2013 in 17 communities across Alaska, The Salvation Army shared 150,000 meals with families in need. Our shelter and treatment facilities offered 65,576 nights of housing for families and individuals in crisis, and needy children received more than 29,000 Christmas gifts. Local Salvation Army locations ("Corps")  additionally offer other services, such as emergency rental funds, or utility and fuel assistance, in response to unique local needs.

And of course, The Salvation Army continues to respond to Alaskans' needs in times of disaster, from 1964's Good Friday Earthquake, to the 2013 flooding in Galena.

While delivering these services, The Salvation Army abides by its international mission: "to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."

Volunteer to help Alaskans in need

Express your true Christmas spirit by signing up to be a bell ringer. (Click "Join the Volunteer List" to be notified as kettle locations and shifts become available.)

For more information on bell ringing, contact officers at your local Corps Community Center, sign up as a volunteer at https://volunteer.usawest.org, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Dani Maldonado at (907) 339-3429 or Danielle.Maldonado@usw.salvationarmy.org

If you prefer, you can give or start your own virtual fund-raiser from the comfort of your own home!  It's easy with our Online Red Kettle campaign, which allows you to host your own Red Kettle online. Learn more and sign up at the Online Red Kettle website.

[Photo: Divisional Commander George Baker, at a Red Kettle location in 2013 with Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, Evan Rose, Connie Chambers & Lainie Dreas.]