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Fun facts about the Red Kettle Campaign

Added on Friday, November 2, 2018

History of Bell Ringing

Salvation Army volunteers have been ringing the bells in the Fargo-Moorhead area for decades upon decades. Though the stores, ringers, and means of giving have changed over the years, the heart of the season has not.

What is the goal of this year’s campaign? How have recent years stacked up?

Our goal is to be able to staff the kettles with as many volunteers as possible. There are over 10,000 hours of bell ringing available, so that is a big task!

The Red Kettle Campaign brought in 61 percent of our total donations last year. We will announce the Red Kettle Campaign goal on Nov. 15 at our Kettle Kickoff at 9 a.m. in West Acres by the fountain.

Our goal is to raise enough money to meet our budget needs throughout the year. The community has been supportive with ringing bells every year and we are encouraged by new groups coming on board to support the campaign as well.

Where does the donated money go?

The money goes toward our services, staff, building maintenance, and administrative costs. Our direct services include emergency assistance for rent, deposit, utilities, prescription, gas vouchers, photo ID’s, and our hot meal program, which last year served over 42,800 meals. We also have seasonal programs including Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes, Coats for Kids and Cuts for Kids. Finally, funds also support our Emergency Disaster Services team to provide assistance to first responders and survivors of house fires and other disasters.

How do you sign up to ring bells? How many kettles in the area need to be filled?

Volunteers are needed to ring for shifts of two-and-a-half hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. There are 32 kettle locations in the Fargo-Moorhead community. We have roughly 10,000 hours of bell ringing to fill, which is about 4,000 shifts. Unattended kettles raise little to no money, so it is important to have volunteers at as many kettles as possible.

There are multiple ways to sign up to ring bells. You can visit, call 701-356-2691, or email Volunteers are needed weekdays and Saturdays from Nov. 15-Dec. 24.

What else should people know about The Salvation Army? 

The Red Kettle Campaign has been a community event throughout the years. Families and individuals make it a holiday tradition! It’s a great activity to do with family, friends and coworkers.

The Red Kettle Campaign is our largest fundraiser of the year and is vitally important to the life-changing programs we offer. We serve anyone who comes through our doors, without discrimination, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Please join the Fargo Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.