Donate to a red kettle this season

When you donate to The Salvation Army through a red kettle or on our website online, you are helping families fight hunger, you're putting a warm winter coat on a kids back as they try and get through a cold winter season. Giving to The Salvation Army allows us to provide for families and individuals in need during these tough times, every donation helps!


Volunteer to ring at a local red kettle

By volunteering to ring at a red kettle this season you are helping The Salvation Army raise money for fellow Kootenai county neighbors who are in need this holiday season and throughout the year!

Signing up for a shift is easy. Simply pick your day and store and a timeframe you'd like to ring. Bell ringing at a kettle is a great opportunity for groups, families, co-workers and individuals to give back this holiday season.


Build your own virtual kettle!

Setting up your own kettle online has never been easier! By building your own Virtual Kettle you are adding another avenue to help hope march on. Online donations work just the same as our in person kettles, all of the money stays local and helps the members of your community while allowing you to help us with our fundraising efforts.


Where the Money Goes

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 teach a child lifesaving water skills
• $63 will shelter a family in crisis
• $150 will completely outfit a child with warm, winter clothing
• $225 will send a child to 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

2020 Annual Report

Donating items in need to people in our community

Providing food for families during tough times

Serving as a donation hub to help others

Your donations to the Red Kettles help support people in need in Kootenai County all year long.

Kroc Membership for All

Kettle funds allow us to offer Kroc membership scholarships to those who need it the most:
• Single Parents
• Veterans
• 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.

Families Feeding Families

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.

Raising Up the Next Generation

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.

Crisis Intervention

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.

Need Assistance?

Does someone you know need food, emergency assistance, or a safe place to belong? Please call our community outreach coordinator at 208.763.0679

Have Questions?

We're here to help! Contact our helpful and caring staff today and we will be happy to help you with whatever you need.

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