This is not your typical dinner and auction - nothing formal, just flannel! Whether joining us in person or online, guests of this year's event will enjoy a fun filled kickoff to the holiday giving season. In person guests will get cozy with hot cocoa, s'mores and a holiday themed dinner and all guests can participate in our live and silent auction. This highly interactive event will include entertainment, games, and so much more!
The Kroc Center is so much more than a gym. The Flannel Fest Red Kettle Gala is an important part of The Kroc’s strategy to raise the funds necessary to continue Kroc Community Outreach year round. These outreach programs include clothing children in need, sheltering families in crisis, helping those escape addiction or abuse, or simply offering a safe place where people feel like they belong.
No funds are used to support community center operations or administration, 100% of proceeds benefit our community.
In 2020, The Kroc Center invested more than $1 million in community outreach efforts including 1,000 nights of emergency shelter, 2,500 hours of free childcare, and 14,000 meals.
Days before the freezing temps last fall, we purchased and assembled bunk beds for the St. Vincent de Paul warming center to increase the number of individuals they could keep safe and out of the cold.
During the COVID-related business closure, lifeguards, trainers and other Kroc staff were paid their regular wage to work at food banks, Panhandle Health and the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management—a total of 14,400 hours of labor were donated to these partner agencies. The Kroc also inventoried, stored and distributed more than 20,000 cleaning supplies and PPE for emergency personnel.
The Kroc Center has been challenged to continue this increased level of service, in partnership with local schools, Heritage Health, St. Vincent de Paul, and other community agencies. We have challenged ourselves to not only meet immediate needs in the name of Jesus, but to offer the support needed for life-long change.
100% of donations to The Salvation Army Kroc Center—at a Kettle, through the mail or online—stay in Kootenai County. Community Center expenses are already covered allowing donations to directly benefit these and other community outreach activities:
• $20 will prevent a child from drowning
• $63 will shelter a family in crisis
• $150 will completely outfit a child with warm, winter clothing
• $225 will give a child a week at Camp
• $500 will provide Bibles and weekly mentoring for 15 youth
• $1,000 will prevent a family from becoming homeless at Christmas
Kettle funds allow us to offer Kroc membership scholarships to those who need it the most:
• Single Parents
• Those struggling with addiction or depression
Scholarship recipients pay a small portion of the full fee and receive access to all the healthy activities The Kroc Center has to offer in addition to the healing benefits of being part of a positive, prayerful community.
Kettle funds will allow us to completely organize, prep and distribute food boxes to our 19 food bank partners throughout North Idaho including Priest River, Post Falls, St. Maries and Kellogg.
In 2020, we delivered over 1,000 food boxes. For February 2021, we’re seeing this same need.
Most of these families are working but struggle with paying monthly expenses including child care, gas, utilities and groceries.
So far this year, 43 kids have received $150-worth of clothing and winter gear.
For many of these kids, they don’t have clothes that fit and have never had the experience of picking out new clothes in the sizes and styles that help them fit in at school.
We plan to clothe more children in Spring of 2021.
The Kroc Center annually invests more than $2 million in youth enrichment and mentoring activities. These include summer day camps, after-school transportation, and Mobile Kroc, where Kroc staff help run recess games that are providing positive role models and how to be a team player.
Kettle funds help provide a bright future for our children and make sure young men and women stay on the right path. We are offering a variety of activities so that every child can discover and grow their God-given talents.
In the midst of tragedy, we can offer food, shelter, rent, heat assistance, and other practical support.
These individuals are treated with dignity and shown God’s love, while seeking long-term solutions to their current misfortune.
Does someone you know need food, emergency assistance, or a safe place to belong? Please call our community outreach coordinator at