09 December 2019

For the sixth consecutive year The Salvation Army will hold a Kettle Blitz Day throughout Northern New England on Thursday, December 12, 2019.        

The Divisional Kettle Blitz is a one-day competition among Salvation Army corps throughout the Division.

The Salvation Army is facing a short kettle season since Thanksgiving was late in the month of November, having less days to raise much needed funds.   The Salvation Army is encouraging the public to help the organization meet its annual goal by contributing generously during “Kettle Blitz” Day on Thursday, December 12th at red kettles throughout Northern New England. 

As America moves toward becoming a cashless society, The Salvation Army is making it easier for donors to give back during the Christmas season by making a gift with Apple Pay or Google Pay at the iconic Red Kettles.

The Salvation Army has placed smart chips and QR codes on Red Kettle signs allowing shoppers to simply “bump” or scan their phones to make a digital donation.

Shoppers will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple or Google payment options. The funds will then be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on the donor’s billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to their phone.

This year The Salvation Army set a goal of $1,997,950 in its Northern New England Division which covers Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Red Kettles, more than 300 in the NNE Division, are strategically located by major retailers and manned by bellringers and, occasionally, brass musicians.

“Kettle Blitz” Day is intended to draw attention to society’s casualties, individuals and families who are struggling to survive. The Salvation Army assists them by providing food, clothing and, of course, toys for youngsters at Christmas.  Last year in Northern New England, The Salvation Army assisted 153,680 individuals during the holidays and throughout the year.

The following Salvation Army Corps will be competing in the Kettle “Blitz” Day – stop by and support your community kettle, all funds stay locally. You may also make donations at any other kettles in your community.              

New Hampshire

Capital Region, Augusta -  Shaw’s 
Bangor - Sam’s Club   
Houlton - Walmart       
Lewiston- Walmart in Auburn
Old Orchard Beach-Market Basket, Biddeford 
Portland – Cabelas, Scarborough
Rockland- Walmart
Sanford - Walmart
Brunswick – Walmart                

Berlin-Walmart, No. Conway 
Greater Seacoast -Walmart, Epping
Keene-Market Basket, Swanzey
Laconia-Main Street
Manchester-Harvest Market in Bedford
Nashua- Market Basket, Amherst 
Rochester – Market Basket, Ridge Marketplace
Derry - Walmart
Concord – Market Basket, Fort Eddy St.
Barre – Berlin Walmart
Burlington – Williston Walmart
Rutland –Price Chopper