Christmas Kettle Campaign 2016 in Ukraine

During the Christmas period, the Ukraine Division always supports The Salvation Army’s worldwide tradition of collecting donations using bright red “Christmas Kettles”.

This tradition was started in 1891 in San Francisco by The Salvation Army officer Captain Joseph McFee. It is observed every year in Ukrainian cities where The Salvation Army corps are located. Officers and volunteers of The Salvation Army took active part in this event in 2016. The collection inspired donations from passers-by on the streets, in shopping malls, supermarkets and public transport. During the campaign, officers and volunteers told people about The Salvation Army in Ukraine and overseas. They explained how to support The Salvation Army and its wide range of activities in Ukraine.

The collection in 2016 was very successful and resulted in invitations from supermarkets and shopping malls to return for the Christmas Kettle campaign in 2017. McDonald’s in Dnipro, for instance, supported the local corps of The Salvation Army by providing free food.

All the funds collected by The Salvation Army in Ukraine have been used to buy Christmas gifts for vulnerable people and children.

The Salvation Army in Ukraine conducted a number of concerts, drama performances and various celebratory events, which created a joyful atmosphere and filled people’s hearts with love:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing