Our Largest Annual Fundraiser

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign runs annually from mid-November through to December 24th. We currently have a number of Kettle locations in South Winnipeg.

History of the “Kettle”

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help the help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. 

He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor. 


Our campaign relies heavily on volunteers who stand/sit by a kettle for a 2-hour shift.  That equals 48 volunteer hours per day!  We have some volunteers who have participated in this campaign for generations as part of family tradition.  Volunteers often choose to help in this way as part of giving back to their community during the holiday season.  We are blessed to have corporations, service clubs and local groups volunteer by “adopting a kettle” for a day or two, manned with their own staff.  Donors can readily see who these groups are because we highlight them by posting their group name on the actual kettle.  We also have volunteers who take shifts driving around from location to location to ensure all volunteers are present and happy or in case they are in need of a quick break.  Our Kettle Coordinator begins scheduling volunteers in late October.  
To volunteer please contact or 204-946-9160.


All donations made to out to The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign stay 100% local.  They ensure our services to the community continue throughout the coming year.  Donations to this campaign can be made at a kettle, via texting, via our online virtual kettle or simply by stopping by Southlands Community Church at 85 Keslar Road.  We are grateful for community partnerships who have generously matched donations on certain dates throughout the campaign, helping us reach our goal.  For more information on our Christmas Kettle Campaign, including setting up a presentation for your staff, students or group please call our office at 204-946-9160.  We encourage larger group participants to call by mid-October to ensure a greater choice in scheduling dates.


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Contact our Kettle Coordinator:
Office:  204-946-9160
Cell:  204-430-5168