Salvation Army Red Kettles provide ‘love beyond Christmas’

The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign will soon be back in Odessa, ushering in the festive spirit of Christmas. The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s primary fundraising initiative, providing life-changing programs and services throughout the year, including food assistance programs, shelter for people experiencing homelessness, emergency financial assistance, youth programs, and disaster response.

“From its humble origins in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain used a crab pot to collect funds in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown to become one of the most recognized charitable initiatives worldwide,” Captain Justin Vincent of The Salvation Army in Odessa said in a news release. “The funds raised in the Red Kettle will serve as a lifeline in our community, offering essential assistance, including nourishment, shelter, and vital social services to people during their greatest need.”

Red Kettles will be stationed outside area stores and local businesses, Monday-Saturday, from the beginning of November to Christmas Eve. Last year, The Salvation Army raised $50,000 and is hoping to reach at least that amount again this season to support our community.

“We are grateful for the spirit of giving in our community and for the unwavering support we receive from our generous donors and corporate partners,” Vincent added in the release. “Together, we can ignite hope and support people in our community who are in the most need.”

The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to ring the bells at the Red Kettle. Sign up by visiting and following the prompts or call (432) 332-0738 for more information.

Visit, call (432) 332-0738, or visit 810 E. 11th St. to donate or learn more about how you can support The Salvation Army this Christmas.