Salvation Army kicks off annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign

WAUWATOSA -- The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County kicked off its annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on Friday, November 2nd

The Red Kettle Campaign goal of the Salvation Army in Milwaukee is $3 million. This will sustain more than 80 critical programs and services including Toy Shop, Christmas Family Feast, Feed the Kids, back to school supplies, emergency shelter and emergency disaster relief, medical, food pantries, meals to the homeless and care to seniors and veterans.  

Red Kettle Bell Ringers can be seen and heard at area businesses in Milwaukee County through Christmas Eve.

Donations can also be made through January 31st on line at, by texting the word 'Give' to 80888 to make a $10 donation, by scanning the Salvation Army QR code with your smart phone or by mailing your donation to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, P.O. Box 26019, Wauwatosa, WI  53226.

The time-honored Salvation Army tradition of bell ringing started in 1891 by Captain Joseph McFee.  The Red Kettle has served as a symbol of goodwill for more than 100 years and signifies the beginning of the Christmas season.

84 cents of every dollar donated supports critical Salvation Army programs and services.