Salvation Army looking for volunteers for its kettle drive this holiday season

In most areas, volunteers can sign up for a minimum shift of two hours for the Salvation Army’s kettle drive.

The Salvation Army is once again looking for at least 30 volunteers to “Keep the Pot Boiling” for the upcoming holiday season.

The agency also needs a kettle coordinator and a driver for the volunteers. The locations will include: Publix, Walmart, JCPenney, Walgreens and Sam’s Club (all located in Osceola County.) Volunteer times are open Monday through Friday, from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24.

“We are looking to raise about $120,000 this holiday season. This will help us support those in need, not only during Christmas but months to come,” says Alves Gonzales, the Salvation Army Osceola Service Center Manager. “Our goal is to lower the homelessness and take people to a higher way of life. I believe with at least 30 volunteers we will reach our goal, a true blessing.”

In most areas, volunteers can sign up for a minimum shift of two hours. Salvation Army encourages volunteers to take four hours or more to help it manage sites and volunteers more efficiently. To make it even more fun, it encourages volunteers to find someone to ring with them.

The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, by Christian evangelists William and Catherine Booth in 1865, as a church. Their mission was to share the gospel through actions, such as feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and freeing people from addictions.

Their mission statement reads:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

In 2018, the Salvation Army has spread throughout 132 countries who serve the same purpose. Some which are located in America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Most which are supported by donated goods and money donations.

One of their most famous way to raise money for the community is through the Red Kettle movement. In 1891, Salvation Army Captain, Joseph McFee, noticed how the poor people of San Francisco  were going hungry. He decided to raise money, to provide food for the hungry, during the holiday season. He thought back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor. He decided this would be a great way to achieve his goal of feeding those in need. By placing volunteers with a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling” weeks before the holidays, he was able to achieve it. Today the red kettle has turned into a holiday custom during the season.

If you are interested in volunteering this season, contact Alves Gonzalez at 407-383-7493 or email Alves.Gonzalez@uss.salvationarmy.org.