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The Salvation Army - Beyond The Red Kettle

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Salvation Army bell ringers will be stationed outside the Xcel Energy Center for all home games between November 18 and December 23.
The Salvation Army’s services encompass a wide range of programs to help individuals and families overcome daunting obstacles.   As a leader in Christian faith-based human services, The Salvation Army is committed to serve the whole person, body and soul, with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives.

They strive to empower people and to enable those in need to change their circumstances and overcome the challenges that stand in their way.   Their services include emergency assistance, crisis intervention, self-sufficiency programs, counseling, budgeting, referral services and much more.

Every holiday season, just as Thanksgiving meal planning is at its height and the crisp air threatens snow, Salvation Army red kettles appear.  Passersby drop in their donation – what cash they can muster in a debit card world.  The Minnesota Wild is doing our part to assist in The Salvation Army’s fundraising effort by allowing bell ringing outside the Xcel Energy Center’s Arena gates for all home games from November 24 through December 23. 

Combined, the Twin Cities metro area donates nearly $3 million to the Salvation Army’s red kettles.  Add an additional $15 million to that number and you will have an idea of how much money The Salvation Army spends to provide for the less fortunate in the metro area.

The red kettle is a symbol of the season and a reminder of those who may be struggling to survive.  It is an opportunity for those who have been blessed with abundant living to give to others.  The bell rings for those without a voice.

The bell rings for the 147,000 gifts given to children and seniors. For the 1,200 hot meals served each day.  For the 800 people who depend on The Salvation Army for shelter each night.  For the utility payments made on behalf of 5,200 families each year.  For the 1,300 people attending Northwoods Camp.  For the 168,000 people receiving basic social services each year.

With the help of over 14,000 volunteers in the metro area and the generous support of donors, The Salvation Army is able to successfully rescue those in crisis. 
For further information, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go online at

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