Corona del Sol Red Kettle Club holds their first meeting with standing room only!

Eighty students attended the first meeting of Corona del Sol High School’s Red Kettle Club on August 15. One of the club’s primary goals this year is to work with other administrations in their Tempe, Arizona school district to form new clubs. Braedon O’Meara, seated, is this year’s club president. He is joined here by his officers, Corps Officers Lts. Latisa and Christopher Ratliff, club sponsor Deborah Gile (seated) and his mother, Brenda O’Meara, who will serve with Mrs. Gile as a primary liaison between club members and corps officers.


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Another Red Kettle Club!

Welcome to the newest Red Kettle Club of South View High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina!

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National Red Kettle Kick-Off & Rock the Red Kettle Concerts

The Dallas Cowboys began launching The Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-Off during their Thanksgiving Day half-time shows 16 years ago.

Since that time, they have produced extravaganzas featuring superstars Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

Since this partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and Salvation Army began in 1997, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $1.4 billion. The Salvation Army will announce this year’s well-known featured artist live from Dallas Cowboys stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Make sure to check out our Facebook page for live updates that day!

Adding to the concert excitement, The Salvation Army launched its third annual Rock the Red Kettle tour with pop sensation, Owl City as a part of the band’s world tour, The MidSummer Station. As part of the tour, lead singer Adam Young and the band volunteered at Salvation Army locations across the country in an effort to give back and encourage young fans to do the same.

On December 15, 2012, The Salvation Army will host its third annual Rock the Red Kettle concert event at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. Last year’s finale concert welcomed approximately 17,000 viewers live and online to enjoy performances from Honor Society, Greyson Chance, Cody Simpson, Colbie Caillat, Hanson, and Drake Bell.

Stay tuned to learn who will be performing at this year’s show!


For more announcements about the event, updates on the other performers, and to learn how you can live stream the concert from your home, check out The Salvation Army’s Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.







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Santa Fe Christian School Helping The Salvation Army

Students at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, California are exploring ways they might engage with The Salvation Army this holiday season. From Erin Moody, one of two students chosen to lead the efforts . . .

“My friend Connor and I are part of a group that will be made up of students, parents and faculty members, brainstorming ideas of how best to involve our students, families, athletes, clubs this holiday season. We are so excited to have the opportunity to lead our school in such an amazing community service opportunity. We both are so blessed to have been chosen for this leadership role, and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this project. Community service is a big part of Santa Fe, and we are so thankful to be part of a growing effort to involve students across the country in work for The Salvation Army. I know God will work through us, and I can’t wait to see how He does it!”



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Corona del Sol Red Kettle Club Hosts Successful Water Drive

The Corona del Sol High School Red Kettle Club, benefitting The Salvation Army of Tempe, Arizona, hosted a bottled water drive to benefit the homeless during Corona’s Homecoming week. Club members collected donations at the school on Saturday September 29th from 9am–11am.   A total of 65 cases (1879 bottles) of water were donated!

Last year the Tempe Salvation Army served over 7000 unduplicated homeless people. Daily, the Tempe Salvation Army passes out over 120 bag lunches, each including a water bottle. The Tempe Salvation Army also serves as a hydration station for those in need of water. Last month over 3000 bottles were distributed at the Tempe location.

Katie Wilkinson, founder and President of the Red Kettle club said, “Our club’s purpose is to help others in our community. Just one bottle or case truly makes a difference. I am so proud of the students in our Red Kettle Club for helping the homeless during our Homecoming week!”

“We must remember that the homeless are exposed to the elements and in desperate need of water,” adds Tempe Salvation Army Captain Robyn Bridgeo. “We really need and appreciate the help from the community.”

“Cold water is a luxury to some…thank you so much for making it possible for us to make it accessible to them!” added Captain Stephanie Bridgeo.

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Cape Fear High Red Kettle Club in the Fayetteville Observer




Taylor Godbold, Kenzie Lyons and Haleigh Martin have already been doing their part with the Salvation Army’s “Cupcake Army” service project, and they’ll be extending their community volunteerism with the newly formed Red Kettle Club at Cape Fear High School.

“We wanted to start something to help out the community,” says Martin, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Cumberland County school. “We will ring the kettle bell at Christmas,” Martin says about holiday donations to assist those in need.

Martin says the club is giving thought about an angel tree for the holidays, another effort to help the underprivileged.

The club, she said, met Wednesday for a brainstorming session, and Martin had some ideas of her own.

“I’m thinking about an Easter basket,” she says. “And maybe a Thanksgiving food drive. And maybe redoing the rooms at the Salvation Army. They have a need for everything from comforters on the bunk beds to shampoo.”

The Red Kettle Club began last year in Tempe. Ariz., by the Salvation Army as a way for high school students to become involved in community volunteerism.

Cape Fear, according to the local organization, is the second charter of the Red Kettle Club in the United States.

The club mission is to educate and engage the young in community service – something Taylor Godbold, Kenzie Lyons and Haleigh Martin will be encouraging other club members to do.

Each club member, according to a news release, is required to participate in four projects per year, one of which is ringing the bells for the Salvation Army during Christmas.

“We hope that by volunteering and giving back to those in need in our community, the students who are members of the Red Kettle Club will develop into the next generation of community leaders,” says Capt. Jason Smith, commanding officer with the Salvation Army here.

Approximately 83 cents of every dollar raised by the Salvation Army is used to support services in 5,000 communities nationwide, according to Jackie Godbold, director of public relations and development here.

To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit, and if you wish to know more about starting a Red Kettle Club, send email inquiries to or call 644-5261.

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at or 323-4848, ext. 486.


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Under the Leadership of Katie

Katie Wilkinson formed a Red Kettle Club at her high school, Corona del Sol, in Tempe, Arizona. Under her leadership, the club solicited school-wide support for their Red Kettle Day. They ended up having other clubs on campus ringing, student instrumentalists and vocalists. They stood kettles at two doors of Fry’s (Kroger’s) on a cold and rainy day. Their sponsor stayed the full 10 hours, their principal and one of his assistants rang for more than an hour, the district superintendent came by with a jar full of coins and club members were there throughout the experience until the 8p closing. Final tally: $1,342.81!

At the Phoenix Advisory Board’s appreciation luncheon for supporters, Katie was awarded as founder of the first high school Red Kettle Club in the country. While she thought she was attending with her mother and grandmother, we also invited her dad, brother, grandfather and school principal as a surprise. What a successful young lady!

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Looking for Dedicated and Enthusiastic Officers!

Imagine yourself with your classmates helping those less fortunate.  If you are interested in starting a Red Kettle Club at your school, click on the application PDF on the right sidebar and get started today.  You won’t regret it!

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