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Liberty Athletics Participates in Red Kettle Campaign

December 12, 2014
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Last week, members of the Liberty athletics family took time out of their busy schedules to take part in the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle" campaign. The annual tradition saw numerous student-athletes, coaches and staff members take their posts at the Wal-Mart on Wards Road, spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear. 

LibertyFlames.com was on hand to capture some of the sights and sounds of the bell ringing. Game operations graduate assistant Morgan Skillman, along with athletics sales and promotions graduate assistant Morgan Long, share their thoughts on helping with the event, in today's LFSN video feature.

The Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco, Calif., were going hungry. McFee was faced with the challenge of funding the project and feeding nearly 1,000 of the city's poorest individuals on Christmas Day.

McFee pondered the issue, remembering a similar idea he encountered in Liverpool, England. At a landing dock in Liverpool, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" where passersby would toss in a coin or two to help the less fortunate. Captain McFee took that idea and placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign saying "Keep the Pot Boiling" where not much longer, McFee had raised enough money to feed 1,000 individuals.

Six years later, McFee's idea spread from the west coast to the Boston Area, resulting in a whopping 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy.

Today, the Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods. Not only has the Red Kettle Campaign spread throughout the United States, but all across the world including Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.