The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign
In December of 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of San Francisco decided to put a large pot out on the street to help gather donations to help provide a free Christmas dinner. What he didn’t know at the time was that he created what has now become a huge fundraising initiative for The Salvation Army. Those Red Kettles you now see out in front of stores in November and December came from the idea many years ago in the Bay area.
This year, the Iowa City area Christmas goal is $350,000. This comes from our Red Kettles, on-line donations, and direct mail responses. We also have our Toy Drive going on at the same time. Last year we were able to distribute 9,210 toys to 1,535 children in Johnson County.
Iowa City Kickoff
Partnering with Scheel’s to promote the Red Kettle Kickoff in their location November 9th from 1pm-3pm. We will have a brief presentation in the middle of the store with Tim Dwight encouraging people to volunteer and donate – speak about the online kettle – then drop the first coin into a kettle that a child is holding for him. Tim will then move to a table where he will do autograph signings for the remainder of the 2 hour time period. There will be a kettle at the table for others to make a donation.