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Christmas Kettles

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Outside of Eatons

The Salvation Army believes that human dignity is a fundamental right for all people. This year’s annual Christmas campaign is aimed at raising money to support dozens of social service programs that work to restore hope and dignity for vulnerable individuals during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

Approximately 3 million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty today. When you give to The Salvation Army this Christmas season, you are investing in the lives of those who struggle to access everyday needs like food, clothing and shelter. With your help, dignity is within reach.

How you can donate

  • Online
  • call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
  • In person at any of the kettles throughout Saskatoon
  • at 339 Avenue C South. Staff can accept donations (and issue receipts 24 hours a day)
  • via mail to The Salvation Army, 339 Avenue C South, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 1N5

The Christmas campaign helps The Salvation Army provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.6 million people in Canada each year. Says Commissioner William W. Francis, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda: “With 15 to 20 percent of our annual fundraising revenue collected during the Christmas season and demand for our services at an all time high in some areas, we are really asking the public to dig deep.”

History of the Christmas Kettle

When You Put Money In Our Kettle, Expect Change.The kettle's career as a fundraiser began in 1891 when a Salvation Army officer, Captain Joseph McFee, resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor of San Francisco. From his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, the captain remembered a large pot displayed on the Stage Landing, called "Simpson's Pot." Passersby tossed charitable donations into the pot. Captain McFee received permission from city authorities to place a crab pot and tripod at the Oakland ferry landing at the foot of San Francisco's Market Place. The kettle - and McFee's request to "Keep the Pot Boiling!" - drew a lot of attention from ferry passengers. So began a tradition that spread throughout the North America and then the world. Kettles are now used around the world. Public contributions to the kettles enable The Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to the aged and lonely, ill, poor and disadvantaged, inmates of jail and other institutions -- people otherwise often forgotten.

339 Avenue C South. Saskatoon, SK. S7M 1N5 | 306.242.6833