General Questions

What is Register to Ring?

Register to Ring is a website for volunteers to sign up to ring bells for The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign. Learn more about the history of the red kettle or the benefits of bell ringing in the About Us tab.

What if my area isn’t using Register to Ring yet?

You can contact your local Salvation Army office for volunteer opportunities (and feel free to let them know how great it would be to sign up to ring bells online).

How does bell ringing work?

Simply sign up for a date, time, and location that’s convenient for you. A kettle and bell will be at your location when you arrive. If there is already a ringer there, just let them know you are the next scheduled volunteer and take over for them. Then, start ringing with a smile. Wish shoppers a “Merry Christmas” and thank people for their donation.

Where does the money given to my kettle go?

When you volunteer to ring bells, you help improve and even save lives. The money dropped in a red kettle goes right back into your local community. By volunteering even just two hours of your time, you can raise enough money to feed a family of four for an entire week.

Is there an age requirement for bell ringers?

While anyone is invited to join us as a bell ringer, children under a certain age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check with your local Salvation Army for more details. Families report bell ringing is a great way to instill a sense of community spirit in young children. You may be starting a new tradition for the family to share for years to come!

How long do I have to ring?

In most areas, volunteers can sign up for a minimum shift of two hours. But if you want to ring more, please feel free to do so! We encourage you to find someone to ring with you (then, the time will really fly). Please just be sure you’re able to fulfill whatever length of time at the kettle you reserve.

What if I need to reschedule?

If you are unable to make your scheduled ringing time, please call your local Salvation Army office at least 48 hours before your shift. If your shift is fewer than 48 hours away, please call the contact number listed on your confirmation email.

Why are there no kettles out on Sundays?

The Salvation Army is a Christian church. We want everyone to have the opportunity to attend a worship services on Sundays and enjoy a day of rest.

Does bell ringing count as community service?

Yes, it does. If you would like to schedule community service hours, you can notify The Salvation Army of your intentions when signing up to ring by checking the Community Service checkbox. If you would like to schedule court-ordered community service hours, please contact your local Salvation Army.

*What are some lesser known pros of bell ringing?

You can find a date, find a job, find your life’s calling…