The Salvation Army raises around $3 million every year in the Twin Cities through their red kettle campaign. The campaign started in San Francisco in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee came up with the idea to collect money to feed the poor during the holiday season. He used a single iron kettle for donations.
At this time of year, you’re sure to hear the ringing bells from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are stationed near the kettles to remind and encourage people to donate.
‘Tis the season to hop in the car with the family and take an evening drive to see all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Some houses have a string or two, while others go all out. So we asked where to find the best Christmas lights in Minnesota, and you picked a spectacular display in Willmar that took 900 hours to put up. And this isn’t a city display — it’s just one family’s house and yard.
Dick from Stillwater asked: When was the last time the Gophers had possession of the Pig, Jug and Axe? Earlier this season, Minnesota beat Michigan to take the Little Brown Jug and Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale. If the Gophers beat the Badgers on Saturday, they will also be in possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The last time that happened was 1967.
Tuesday is the day for a Minnesota man who has set his sights on a world record with a holiday twist. Jim Brickson, captain of the Albert Lea Salvation Army, plans to be bell-ringing for no less than 80 consecutive hours at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea.
Just as the charity was announcing a downturn in donations, the mysterious “St. Grand” is once again leaving generous donations in the Salvation Army’s red kettles. A donation of $1,000 — in the form of a bundle of 10 $100 bills — showed up in a red kettle in Roseville on Black Friday.
One Minnesota man isn’t spending the holidays shopping. Instead, he’s setting his sights on a world record. Jim Brickson, captain of the Albert Lea Salvation Army, plans to be bell-ringing for no less than 80 consecutive hours.
Someone is once again leaving generous donations in the Salvation Army’s red kettles. One thousand dollar donations have shown up in two red kettles in the north metro area.
The 2012 bell ringing season started Saturday at the Twin Cities Salvation Army’s “Rock the Red Kettle” kickoff event at Cub Foods on 5937 Nicollet Ave. in south Minneapolis.