Red Kettle Volunteers


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Volunteers take part in the History of the Red Kettle.

Versatech employees put on the red aprons, rang the bells, and helped fill the red kettle with donations.  Again this holiday season, employees volunteered to take part in the historical tradition of the Salvation Army funding drive. Something as simple as a man and a kettle started a tradition of helping others that turned into amazing results and grows more each year with the help of volunteers such as our employees.

Red Kettle History

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -- funding the project. Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city's poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor. The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas. Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.  

We are very proud of our employees' willingness to care and share and would like to take this chance to list those who helped out this year.

Scott Wehrle Cody Sarver
Jared Yager Jeremy Grewell
Josh Cagle Stacy Taylor
Travis Ruholl Brandon Meyer
Scott Bueker Dave Meyer
Fred Wendt Tina Jones
Kory Tucker Ryan Hoekstra
Earlene McLain Sammuel Derrickson