Red kettle season is almost here: Salvation Army seeks volunteer bell ringers

MILWAUKEE– The Salvation Army of Milwaukee noted on Tuesday, Oct. 29 that in just 17 days, bell ringers will be out in full force. Donations at the following events will benefit The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County’s Red Kettle Campaign. The news release says locally, 87 cents of every dollar raised is used to support more than 80 programs and services in Milwaukee County.

Below is a list of Salvation Army events set for this coming holiday season:

Red Kettle Kickoff

  • When/Where: 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St., Milwaukee
  • Details: Join us for a free pancake breakfast as we celebrate the beginning of the Red Kettle Campaign. This is a first-come, first-served event. Gift bags will be offered to the first 50 guests. Bell ringing sign-ups will also be available. Volunteer to ring bells at
  • Register: Event is free but registration is encouraged online at

The Big Brass Blast

  • When/Where: 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Southridge Mall, 5300 S 76th St., Greendale
  • Details: Brass musicians will gather to perform several traditional Christmas songs. Any brass musician over age 16 is eligible to participate.
  • Register: Event is free but registration is encouraged online at

Spend Black Friday with The Red Kettles

  • When/Where: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29 at Southridge Mall, 5300 S 76th St., Greendale
  • Details: Salvation Army representatives will be stationed at the center of the mall and will have a few of activities and special appearances planned for Black Friday shoppers. There will also be kettles in the mall for donations, balloon artists, and an Angel Tree, where shoppers can grab a tag from a Christmas tree and purchase a new toy for a child in need.

30th Annual Christmas Family Feast

  • When/Where: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
  • Details: Christmas Family Feast is free and open to the public! This is the largest event hosted by The Salvation Army on Christmas Day in the country. About 1,400 volunteers typically help serve more than 8,000 people. Sign up to volunteer online here.
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