POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 2:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 2:37pm
East Texas (KETK) —
Beginning Friday, Nov. 29th, volunteer bell ringers will take to the streets for one of the merriest of traditions - bell ringing!
This year, there will be 35 kettle locations throughout Tyler and the surrounding area.
Businesses, churches, clubs and civic organizations are needed to "adopt a kettle".
Groups can volunteer to ring the bells from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.
The Christmas kettles have a long tradition that dates back to the early 1900's during a dockworkers' strike in San Francisco. The local Salvation Army began serving meals prepared in large iron kettles to the unemployed seamen and their families. When the Army's food supply began running out, the pots were moved to the streets along with signs that said, "Keep the kettle boiling." The plea for donated food was so successful that kettles have been the Army's trademark ever since.
Throughout the year, the bell rings on more than just street corners.
It rings for groceries and utility assistance, it rings for emergency aid and it rings for at-risk youth in the community where we live.
The Salvation Army has been providing holiday cheer, serving the needs of families and individuals in Tyler and its surrounding area for over 100 years.