This holiday season, the Salvation Army of Massachusetts is raising funds to support families, seniors and children in need across the Commonwealth with its third annual Red Kettle Run. This year’s Red Kettle Run will be held on November 18th, and is part of the Salvation’s Army 2015 Red Kettle Campaign that aims to raise $3.4 million to support individuals and families statewide.
The run features teams of three who take red kettles on the move through the streets of downtown Boston to raise funds for those in need. The team that collects the most donations within an hour will win a prize pack, including a billiards party for 20, courtesy of Lucky Strike, passes to the New England Aquarium, and event tickets at TD Garden. The run will feature music and other fun festivities, including a team from Fox 25.
The Red Kettle Campaign was founded in 1892 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help feed needy citizens in San Francisco. Placing his own kettle on Market Street in Oakland, California, Captain McFee was able to help individuals on Christmas. The idea traveled to Boston in 1897 and the Red Kettle Campaign has been a tradition ever since.
Whether it is shelter for a displaced family or a warm cup of coffee for first responders, hope and heeling is the Salvation Army’s message. Today, it assists more than 4.5 million Americans during the holiday season.
The Red Kettle Run will start at noon by the Brewer Fountain at Park Street Station near the corner of Park and Tremont Streets on Wednesday, November 18th. Teams should arrive between 11:20 and 11:40, with orientation beginning at 11:45.
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in participating in the run are encouraged to register at SalvationArmyMA.org/REDKETTLERUN.