Christmas Kettles

This Christmas, Give your Time and
be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army

We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations, and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day. A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.



Join individuals and groups across Canada as they remember the reason for the season.

What are Christmas Kettles?


The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness. In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

It is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services. The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events. For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year. According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Bell Ringer?
A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by. They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.


When does the campaign happen?
Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.


Where do the funds go?
For too many, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for thousands in Vancouver, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.
Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to people in Metro Vancouver, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.


How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?
While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.


Where can I find a Kettle to donate to?
Safeway 1766 Robson St
Safeway 3410 Kingsway
Safeway 1780 E Broadway
Save-on-Foods 5945 Berton Ave
Save-on-Foods 6455 West Blvd
Save-on-Foods 2308 Cambie St
Save-on-Foods 1403 E King Edward Ave
Save-on-Foods 8550 River District Crossing (MAYBE)
Real Canadian Superstore 3185 Grandview Hwy
Real Canadian Superstore 350 SE Marine Dr
Urban Fare 305 Bute St
Urban Fare 177 Davie St
Urban Fare 1688 Salt St
IGA 489 Robson St


What are your COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures?
Disinfection of frequently used items and surfaces by using supplies provided at a Kettle Supply Station for regular equipment disinfection. Handouts will not be provided this year to our generous donors as a precaution.
The provision of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, shields and relevant health and safety training when/where appropriate Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectants.
Adherence to physical distancing restrictions of TWO metres
Donors are discouraged from congregating around the Kettle.
Bell Ringers are requested to monitor and report any new COVID-19 activity at the location to the Regional Kettle Coordinator at DHQ and local Health Authorities.


Can I donate through tap?
Tap is safe, secure, and easy to use. A donor places their debit or credit card up to the digital tile amount they want to donate. It's not necessary to touch the tile surface to make the donations.


How much time is required for Bell Ringers?
Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations. Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

Volunteer With Us

Help us light up Christmas for families in need by sharing
the story and gifts of the holiday with them.