WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Salvation Army invited the public to kick off its 2022 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Generations Antiques and Outdoor Market, 767 N. Market St.

Wichita City Council Member Bryan Frye (Courtesy: City of Wichita)

This year’s Christmas Chair is Wichita City Council Member Bryan Frye.

“We are so grateful to have Bryan as our Christmas Chair this year,” Area Command Officer Major Merrill Powers said. “His love for and dedication to the mission of The Salvation Army is truly inspiring. He’s been volunteering with us for more than 20 years. We are excited to see his new, festive Christmas attire this year!”

At the kickoff, the public was able to experience the first donation of the season as a giant gold coin will drop into a life-size six-foot Red Kettle.

Santa, Kaptain Kettle, the Friends University Brass Quintet, and more made a special appearance throughout the event.

Guests were also able to enjoy Christmas music as they sipped on hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee and munched on doughnuts and other sweet treats.

Come and help The Salvation Army celebrate 131 years of Red Kettles at Christmas!

According to The Salvation Army, the Kettle portion of the Campaign generates the heaviest donations closer to Christmas.

Online donations, QR and tap codes will be available again this year at all Red Kettle locations.

After Thanksgiving, Red Kettles will be placed at most Walmarts, Dillons’, Sam’s Clubs, and Hobby Lobbies in Wichita.

Donations can also be made to The Salvation Army at online.

Want to volunteer to ring? Click here to find out how you can register to ring individually, as a group, or virtually!