kettle bells

“Silver bells, silver bells…”


And those silver bells? Those bells ringing in the song were inspired by the imagery of Salvation Army bell-ringers standing outside department stores during the Christmas season.

“Silver Bells” was introduced by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in a motion picture called The Lemon Drop Kid in 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1952, which also became a hit in late 1952.

Bell ringing by hosts of Salvation Army Christmas Kettles has been a tradition for more than 100 years. This year, in Toronto, The Salvation Army introduced a new and improved Christmas bell. The sleigh bell, that produces a soft ambient jingle, represents the subtle voice of those in need at Christmas and is a friendly reminder that the spirit of the season is giving.



christina philpitt

Ihave seen many kettles,but i am truly disappointed in the people that are in charge of them. no bells,no smiles,no joy. all over n.s. they just stand there,some say merry xmas.they need to learn to look into peoples eyes and say with just a look,,please donate!!and learn how to be joyful and is to short to be as miserable as these people,especially when they are trying to get money from people to help people. merry christmas&happy holidays. have a great day-everyday!!

Dawn Fyn

My family does about 20 hours of kettle support a season. We sing carols the entire time and many people thank us for this! It is our way to give back! Thank you to the Salvation Army for doing ‘the most good!’

christina philpitt

dont get me wrong,they do raise money and help some people,but i have been around nova scotia. i have been talking to people to.they all agree,that the majority of kettle workers needs to go back the way it used to be,before all this-it might offend someone if we sing a carol or say merry christmas. yes,there are a few who are cheerful,just not enough. i even have relitives who been doing this for years and they need a stick of joy dynamite.where are these people who sing carols,list there location so the public can go see them. thank you and seasons greetings and happy days-everyday!

Teresa in Vancouver

people shouldn’t complain about the volunteers ringing the bells-you are spending your time doing something worthless: complaining, while they are spending their time doing something worthwhile: volunteering- why don’t you go out there and stand in the cold for hours ringing bells- and smile the whole time remember!


You have to remember the people doing kettles are often volunteers and they are sometimes the people who use the foodbanks and want to give back, they aren’t always the most socially accepted people. They may have a bit of fear of the public and want desperately to just give back a little of what they have gotten. They have been picked on for their appearance or speech impediments etc. but they still want to help others. Please give the kettle operators a break, some communities don’t have a deep volunteer pool to pick from so they make due with what they have.

Jessica R

The volunteer manning the kettle at the Loblaws in the HumberTown plaza on Royal York Rd. on Dec 21 at 2pm was wonderful! Very warm and full of the spirit of the season.
I also wanted to make mention of the volunteer at the kettle outside GapKids in Sherway Gardens mall on Dec 22 at 6:30pm who was another joyful, positive representation of your organization. He stood unassumingly singing a beautiful carol as shoppers busily hurried around him and I listened to him for a while before dropping some change into his kettle [he paused his singing to thank me, then continued on to spread more cheer]. Kudos to you for having these two on your team!
Merry Christmas!

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