Dec. 22, 2011, 6:22 a.m.
The annual Salvation Army red kettle campaign started with one iron kettle in 1891. Today red kettle donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities. Standing alongside each red kettle is a bell ringer, a vital player in making sure the people who walk by the red kettles stop and drop a donation.