Due to the current U.S. economic crisis, red Salvation Army kettles, accompanied by bell-ringing volunteers and staff, are appearing in some cities south of the border.
For the first time in three decades, The Salvation Army Times Square Ministries in New York deployed its kettles out of season.
During the week-long campaign, a total of 150 kettles were used, about half the number deployed at Christmas. They were concentrated in the Manhattan area.
In Canada, this has been a difficult year. The economy slumped into a recession and Canadians continue to be affected by the downturn. The Salvation Army has seen a 10-30% increase in demand for its services across Canada.
Should the economic downturn prompt an out-of-season kettle campaign? Should Salvation Army red kettles appear in the summer?