November 20, 2017

In December of 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of The Salvation Army in San Francisco, California, was stumped. He wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for 1,000 poor people, but had no way to pay for it.

He thought back to when he was as a sailor in Liverpool, England, where on the docks of the city’s waterfront he remembered seeing a large pot into which charitable donations could be thrown. McFee secured permission to place a brass urn at the Oakland ferry landing. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” Soon, he had all the money he needed to fund the Christmas dinner.

The Christmas Kettles are in our community.

The local Salvation Army with a space at 55 Newkirk administers the needs in the Richmond Hill/Vaughan region. 

The money collected here stays here.

As the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army offers unprecedented support to society’s most vulnerable. You are Giving Hope Today

In 2016, The Salvation Army’s work in our region included:

  • Assisting 400 families (including over 700 children) through our Christmas Assistance Program which provides support (food, gifts) to vulnerable families.
  • A weekly “Take-A-Break” program provides young (often single) mothers with a weekly time of friendship, learning, encouragement and respite while providing childcare for their children.
  • Providing daily assistance to hundreds of families and individuals who are in need of basic staples such as food, clothing, school supplies, furniture, affordable services, counseling, and advocacy work.
  • Providing sponsorship (including equipment) for children in a local hockey program.
  • Sponsoring 32 children to attend summer camp

Locations in Richmond Hill and Vaughan:

  • Hillcrest Mall
  • Vaughan Mills Mall
  • Walmarts
  • Loblaws
  • LCBOs
  • Food Basics

Kettle Hosting Times
Kettle shifts operate from noon-9pm in 3 hour increments Wednesday to Saturday.
Individuals, groups or businesses can volunteer for individual, three hour shifts or "adopt" a kettle for the entire day where a group or business would staff a kettle for the day.

 A business can also host a kettle at their own business for a day so their employees can easily donate.

There needs to be someone at the kettle or it is not there and money is not collected.

Last year I organized people from Connecting the Community Richmond Hill to man the kettle at Hillcrest.  I came at the beginning of the shift and the end of the shift. I have no idea how much money was raised but the kettle was full. And with many large bills.  I saw many people very glad they had this opportunity to give.

Could you "man the kettle"?  Do you have a business or a book club, group of friends or your family?

There is someone from the Salvation Army who comes at the beginning and end of the shift to pick up the kettle. Click here for more information about volunteering.

Russ Horner is organizing the local kettle campaign. Please contact him at 647-981-1752 (text or call) or



Marj Andre
Community Connector
416 822-5139


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