The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement includes the phrase “Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” The gospel of Jesus Christ begins in the Old Testament, where the prophet Isaiah foretold his coming: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign…with justice and righteousness.” (Isaiah 9:6-7) The Salvation Army seeks to uphold this justice and righteousness, while meeting needs in Jesus’ name without discrimination, especially during the Christmas season, when we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace!
Just as God gave us the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, we celebrate the giving of gifts each Christmas season. For many children, there will be no gifts under the tree, as their parents struggle to make ends meet. The Salvation Army stands ready to share the love of Jesus by helping those parents provide good gifts for their children. Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11.
Evangeline Booth was the daughter of The Salvation Army’s founder, William Booth. Evangeline was the seventh of eight children in a household that believed that men and women alike could be used equally by God. She held the position of Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States for 30 years, 1904 to 1934. It was during this critical time Commander Evangeline Booth provided General Pershing with the “Doughnut Girls” that not only delivered hot fresh doughnuts, but love and hope to the soldier’s on the front lines in WWI. Evangeline Booth went on to be the fourth General of The salvation Army from 1934 to 1939. Throughout the history of The Salvation Army, starting with the preaching on the street corner in front of the Blind Beggar pub by William Booth to the present day, the focus has always been to express the love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way by meeting the needs of people where they are.
The Salvation Army kettle has been an American icon for 125 years. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, these Christmas Kettles can be found outside thousands of storefronts across the country inspiring shoppers to place donations of cash and checks inside the trademark red kettles. But have you ever wondered who started the red kettle tradition, where, and why? The tradition of the “kettle” started in 1891, in San Francisco, by Salvation Army officer Captain Joseph McFee. Captain McFee, resolving to provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor of San Francisco, remembered a sight he saw in Liverpool, England. From his days as a sailor McFee remembered a large pot displayed on the Stage Landing, called “Simpson’s Pot.” The pot took in donations put in by passersby. Taking this idea, McFee asked for permission from San Francisco city authorities to place a crab pot and tripod at the Oakland ferry landing. The kettle – and McFee’s call of “Keep the Pot Boiling!” – drew in passengers and donations.
For a limited time only, make a donation through our Salvation Army Christmas Card donation page and receive a box of cards as our thank you for joining our fight for good. Click the button to the right to be taken to the secured giving page.