Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 32

FEATURES Symbols of Hope Red kettles ‘more than just a sign of Christmas’ 32 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 M any of you know the infamous red kettles that make their way to store fronts this time of year. This program, headed up by the Salvation Army, has been taking its part in our communities and hearts since 1891, providing those in need with a little help during the holiday season. The program hasn’t changed much since it first began in San Francisco so many years ago; it has simply grown to include nearly every community throughout our nation, and reminds us what the holiday season is really about. In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee decided to raise money to provide a free Christmas dinner, served by volunteers, for those in need in San Francisco. He was inspired by a large, iron kettle he saw in England where people tossed coins to help the poor. He placed a similar pot out to raise money for his Christmas meal. tribstar.com/terrehauteliving