Albert Einstein with The Salvation Army Band before the Rose Parade in 1931

Austin Salvation Army band in international video montage

The Salvation Army International Headquarters produced a compilation video of Salvation Army music groups around the world playing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” to the tune of “Met in Thee”. Of course the Live Music Capital of the world was included. The Austin Salvation Army band from the Citadel Corps is the second group featured, and the only one from the United States.

Ben Kazda - Volunteer of the Month Banner

Volunteer of the Month – Ben Kazda

Ben Kazda - Volunteer of the Month Banner

It’s More Than a Tip

Ben Kazda challenges all of his bartender and service industry friends to donate your tips and raise money for The Salvation Army or other charity. And he’ll be at The Dig Pub in Cedar Park, Texas, on December 8th by donating all his tips to The Salvation Army Austin for Christmas gifts for teens living in emergency shelters. Help him reach his goal of $5,000!

Last year Ben raised $3,800. The bar was packed with people and his goal was $1,500. Volunteering his talents and giving to charity is something near and dear to Ben because of the way he grew up. He would like to see other people come out and do the same thing this year.

Thank you Ben for wanting to help teenager’s in need of a fulfilling Christmas and making that dream come true.


Randall’s In-Store Kettle Campaign



The miracle of Christmas is repeated each year through the joy of caring and sharing. You can help make this holiday season brighter for someone less fortunate by donating to The Salvation Army at your neighborhood Randalls’ stores. Simply scan your Red Kettle donation as you check out! Thank you for joining us in Doing the Most Good.


HEB Ring in a Miracle for The Salvation Army Austin

How to Ring in a Miracle This Holiday Season

HEB Ring in a Miracle for The Salvation Army Austin


Please join HEB and KXAN in supporting The Salvation Army this year! When you go shopping for your Christmas dinner or New Year’s party – or just that quick trip to the store on your way home – please remember to donate $1, $3 or $5 at the HEB or Central Market register from now until January 3.

Donate to your community today. Your donations stay local to support women, children and men who need it most this holiday season – and 365 days a year. Thank you for ensuring that our neighbors in Central Texas have food and shelter when they need it most.


What is it?

H-E-B has made a corporate commitment to support Salvation Army services and programs through its annual Ring in a Miracle campaign. During the holiday season H-E-B and Central Market stores throughout Texas offer their customers the opportunity to support its local Salvation Army through point of sale transactions at the checkout counter in $1, $3 and $5 increments. All donations will stay within the communities served by your local H-E-B and Central Market stores.

When and where will Ring in a Miracle take place?

This year’s campaign will run for five to six weeks during December and January in H-E-B and Central Market stores. Below are the specific dates per region:

• Gulf Coast – Dec. 10, 2014 to Jan. 14, 2015

• Houston/Central Texas – Dec. 3, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015

• San Antonio/West/Border – Dec. 3, 2014 to Jan. 14, 2015.

How can customers donate?

Customers can make a donation to The Salvation Army at the checkout counter in $1, $3 or $5 increments using tear pad coupons located on the checkout counter. The donation will be added to the customer’s grocery total.

How can I help?

Our communities need us more than ever. Please promote the Ring in a Miracle campaign to your advisory board members, volunteers and donors by word of mouth, post this fact sheet in your Corps or social services building. Generate interest on your website or through social media: facebook or twitter.

How much was raised last year?

$331,000 in Texas

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Today is Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesday - The Salvation Army Austin

After remembering all there is to be thankful for and braving black Friday sales and cyber Monday deals to find gifts for our loved ones, today we can be a part of a growing tradition of generosity – Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global campaign dedicated to giving back during the holiday season.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Last Christmas,  The Salvation Army provided gifts to 6,800 children through Angel Tree. We also provided special holiday meals for hundreds of people. The Salvation Army is the largest provider of basic needs services – including food and safe shelter – to those experiencing homelessness in the Austin area.

Money donated in Austin, stays in Austin. Your generosity helped us serve more than 400,000 people in 2015. That means your donation could help impact the lives of 1,100 people in the Austin area per day.

How to Give

Donate now, or drop your donation into one of our Red Kettles from now through Christmas Eve at stores across Williamson and Travis counties. Tell us why you’re giving to the Salvation Army today on Facebook or Twitter, and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.


Salvation Army Red Kettle

Kick Off Holiday Fundraising Campaign

Austin Metropolitan Area Command Contact:

November 25, 2014 Jan Gunter,
Communications and Community Relations Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

The Salvation Army to Kick Off Holiday Fundraising Campaign

Red Kettle Kickoff at Rock the Red Kettle Concert Launches Season of Holiday Giving

AUSTIN, TX (November 25, 2014) – The Salvation Army of Austin is announcing an ambitious $2.5 million holiday fundraising goal in conjunction with the launch of its annual Red Kettle campaign Sunday, November 30, at the Rock the Red Kettle Concert at Midnight Rodeo presented by KOKE FM and featuring Cory Morrow and friends. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a family area complete with Santa Claus and activities, with musical performances set to begin at 6:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., KOKE FM personality Bob Cole will be on hand along with Cory Morrow, local philanthropist John Paul DeJoria and Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander, to ring the first ceremonial bells for 2014.

“Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the Austin area to help families and children in need,” said KOKE FM owner Bob Cole. “The Salvation Army has been helping people in need in Austin for 125 years, and KOKE FM is honored to support their good work for the people of Austin and surrounding areas.”

The $2.5 million goal represents an increase over last year’s holiday giving in the Austin area reflecting the increase in requests for assistance in 2014. On average 400 women and children are on The Salvation Army wait list for emergency shelter each day. Local donations from the Red Kettle campaign stay in Travis and Williamson counties and support The Salvation Army’s social service efforts throughout the year. These programs benefit more than 400,000 people locally each year, including providing more than 480,000 meals and thousands of nights in safe shelter. More than 300 people sleep in local Salvation Army emergency shelters each night and are provided with case management to help them move from crisis to stability.

“The Red Kettle campaign runs from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve,” said Colonel Gonzalez. “Through the generous support of our community we are able to serve Travis and Williamson counties’ most vulnerable people and ensure that they have a warm, secure place to sleep, hot food to eat and hope for a better tomorrow.”

The Rock the Red Kettle Concert will be at Midnight Rodeo Austin at 2201 E. Ben White Boulevard. For tickets and details, visit

The Salvation Army Red Kettles will be placed in front of stores across the area, and community members are invited to volunteer to ring the bell and even create their own virtual Red Kettle at To volunteer as a bell ringer, visit the volunteer page of the website. Supporters may also donate at or by mailing a gift to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX 78767.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 125 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to, and


Get ready for Giving Tuesday!



Giving Tuesday is on its way!

After remembering all there is to be thankful for and braving black Friday sales and cyber Monday deals to find gifts for our loved ones, on Tuesday, December 2, we can be a part of a growing tradition of generosity – Giving Tuesday!

Impact the lives of people right here in Austin.

Our holiday events and services will bring Christmas gifts to thousands of children who may not otherwise have them. We’ll be able to serve holiday meals to hundreds of people this Christmas, and provide thousands of gifts to children and families through the Angel Tree.

The Salvation Army in Austin is one of the largest providers of basic needs services to those experiencing homelessness in Austin. Your donation to the Salvation Army can help us feed and shelter more than 400,000 people in need this year. Your gift will ensure that children can be warm, safe and well-nourished.

boy opening gifts - The Salvation Army Angel TreeSalArmy Angel Tree

Donate at a Red Kettle or Online

Donate now, or drop your donation into one of our Red Kettles from now through Christmas Eve outside stores across Williamson and Travis counties. When you give on Giving Tuesday, use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on FacebookTwitter  or Instagram to let people know you’re joining the Salvation Army in giving joy, hope, and peace this Christmas.

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Boxes of diapers

Diaper Drive for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Diapers Needed at The Salvation Army Shelters

Boxes of diapers

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, The Salvation Army is conducting a diaper drive for families who are experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army is the only emergency shelter option in Austin for families, and we need a lot of diapers. Large sizes 4, 5 and 6 are especially needed.

Diapers can be donated at The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center at 501 East Eighth Streeton Thursday, November 20, from 9 am to 4:30 pm or Friday, November 21.

OR donate at any of the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin or Round Rock on Thursday, November 20. See our Family Store page for locations and store hours. Each person who donates will receive a coupon to our Austin Salvation Army Family Stores.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
This year, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-23, 2014.

The Salvation Army Austin is participating in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week not only to bring greater awareness to our community, but also to help to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness. The plight of those without a home, or those living in poverty, can be both lonely and difficult.

Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness

Did you know that more than 65% of the people The Salvation Army Austin serves who are experiencing homelessness are women and children? Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our community.

Please consider sharing your efforts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using #NHHAW and tag @SalArmyAustin or

online red kettle home page

Host an Online Red Kettle

Online Red Kettle

Host a virtual Red Kettle – Start yours now at  – or keep reading to learn more.

Start New Kettle

Your Kettle Will Help Change Lives

Once you’ve created your kettle, spread the word. The more people you invite, the more donations you’ll get. Which means you’ll be helping more people in desperate need.

Feed the Hungry. Shelter the Homeless.

When others donate to your kettle, they’re giving far more than money. They’re giving meals to a hungry child, warm beds to a homeless family, and hope to those who need it most.

The Joy of Giving.

Thank you for starting an Online Red Kettle. By sharing the need and ringing your “virtual bell,” you are giving a gift that will not only bring joy to families in need, but to you as well.

See below for detals and screenshots to help you with the process, or click here  to start your Online Red Kettle now

Be a part of helping those in need this Christmas by hosting an Online Red Kettle. Red Kettles have been used by the Salvation Army since 1891 to raise funds that have impacted millions of  lives.

At you can join in the tradition by inviting your friends and family to give to your virtual Red Kettle using email and social media. You can sign up as an individual, as a team, or as a company (which has multiple teams).

Setting up your Red Kettle is easy. You will never be asked to install or download an application, and there is no fee to register. Each person who gives to your Online Red Kettle will receive an email acknowledgment of their donation, which can be printed used for tax purposes. For more, check the Online Red Kettle FAQ page.

Here’s how to get started!

First, go to, and in the center or top right click “Start a New Kettle”.

online red kettle home page

Step 1 – Choose a Role

Select the type of Red Kettle you’ll be starting. Select individual, unless you are starting one for a team or company. (If you’d like to join a company or team, you’ll be able to do that on Step 2.) Then create an account. You can login using your email, or an existing account with Google, Facebook or Twitter.

Step 1 Choose a Role

Step 2 – Registration
This is where you can choose to register your kettle under a team or company.

Step 2 Registration

Step 3 – Profile
Enter your name and contact information. Your name will appear on your virtual Red Kettle’s web page. Donations made to your Red Kettle will support the Salvation Army in your local community, determined by the zip code you enter in this page!

Step 3 Profile

Step 4 – Fundraising
This is where you’ll get your official Online Red Kettle URL! (It will automatically use the name listed on your profile page, but you can edit it here if you’d like.) This is the link you will share with those you’d like to invite to donate to your Red Kettle!

Step 4 Fundraising and personal goals

Step 5 – Donate
Next you’ll have to opportunity to make your own donation to the Salvation Army. As a virtual Red Kettle host, you aren’t obligated to give, but it’s a great way to kick off your Red Kettle campaign.

Step 5 Donate

Step 6 – Review and Confirm
Make sure your information is correct, and press submit!

6 Review and Confirm

You’ll now be able to access your Red Kettle any time by logging in at If you’d like you can customize your page and share why you decided to host a Red Kettle this Christmas, which can help you inspire more people to give.

Angel Tree

Give joy to families in our community this Christmas by participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

boy opening gifts - The Salvation Army Angel Tree

Each year the Salvation Army provides toys and clothing to children in need at Christmas. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Austin community, we provided gifts to more than 6,800 local children. With your help we will help 7,000 individuals in the Austin area this year.

Our online Angel Tree adoption has ended, but you can learn how to adopt an Angel at an area mall by Saturday, December 13.

“It’s an act of showing someone that you love them.”


Don’t have time to shop? Donate now, and we’ll do the shopping for you.

Families in need are referred to the Salvation Army by social services or schools. We verify the needs of the family and then each child registered with Angel Tree is printed a tag that’s hung on one of the trees located in malls and in participating corporations and organizations across Travis and Williamson counties.

Angel Tree tags

We Need You!

This is where you come in! We need volunteers who will adopt Angels, or who will give their time by manning Angel Trees in the malls or helping in the Salvation Army Distribution Center where gifts are organized and where families will pick up the gifts. Click here to see all Angel Tree volunteer opportunities and sign up now. You can find Angels at Angel Trees Lakeline, Barton Creek Square and The Domain.

See our Angel Tree page for more information on how it works. Tune in to The Majic of Christmas on 95.5 from December 1-19th to hear from Angel Tree families and others served by the Salvation Army.