The Salvation Army and Hollywood have a special relationship.
Lucille Ball. Shirley Temple. These are some of the entertainment icons that have helped The Salvation Army ring in a season of giving by participating in our Celebrity Red Kettle Kick Off.  This year, we’re reviving the tradition and inviting you to join this esteemed pedigree of Salvation Army partners as a bell ringer, digitally and in-person.

HOW TO HELP: The Celebrity Red Kettle

Since 1891, the Red Kettle has stood as an iconic fundraiser with a storied history. It has long been part of the Christmas season itself, and you can be part of that tapestry in several ways:

Digital Kettle:  Support your local community and create a kettle online, share with your followers and on social media.

Celebrity Kettle Kick Off: Join us on December 20, 2018 at The TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood from 10:30am to 12:00pm by signing up for a shift to be one of our in-person, celebrity bell ringers. Meet Salvationist Barbara Newbould from iconic Lucille Ball kettle photo, fans, take pictures, and promote your brand in conjunction with charity.

Performing Artists: The Celebrity Red Kettle Kick Off will feature a live-streamed stage for singers, musicians and other performers. Sign up for a slot to be part of the show as we ring in the new season.


The Salvation Army is more than family thrift stores and kettle bells - these programs feed directly into the social services that we provide, without discrimination, in our global mission to do the most good. Nationwide, that includes the following (from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018):

2.9 million people
given Holiday Assistance

9.9 million nights
of lodging and shelter

5.8 million meals
post disaster aftermath

52.2 million meals
served to those in need

… plus job referrals, senior services, spiritual ministry, community centers and more. These are vital services that are only possible through donations and volunteers.