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PORTLAND, Oregon (December 5, 2019) – Alek Skarlatos will let his passion for public service “ring out” for the Salvation Army by ringing bells at the Red Kettle located at the Happy Valley Fred Meyer (17005 SE Sunnyside Rd. Happy Valley) on Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 

“I’m really excited about this,” said Skarlatos. “The campaign for US Congress is grueling, and raising money can be tedious. But to get to take a break from that and raise money for a great cause like The Salvation Army is a huge honor."

Skarlatos is happy to talk with kettle donors about his experience stopping an armed terrorist aboard a Paris-bound train in 2015, his time on Dancing with the Stars, or his current run for US Congress. But he’s also excited to talk about all the great things The Salvation Army is doing in the area to provide year-round providing food, shelter, and hope for those in need. 

Your donation at the Red Kettle will help make Christmas possible for families in need. Your donation supports Christmas family assistance, year-round assistance for low-income families and individuals, food pantries, youth programs, summer camps, character-building classes, homeless assistance, veterans’ programs, seniors assistance, case management, counseling.

“We’re thankful for volunteers like Alek who are dedicated to giving back to our community. Volunteers and generous donors make it possible for The Salvation Army to serve people in need 365 days a year,” says Major Bob Lloyd, The Salvation Army Portland Metro Coordinator.  

On average, just 60 minutes of red kettle bell ringing yields enough in donations to feed 13 people. Sign up now to ring this Christmas – and help fight to put food on the table for those most in need. 

To make a donation or volunteer visit


About the Red Kettle Campaign
From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers.  Last year, money raised helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 80,000 people in need in the Portland Metro area. Donate now to help our neighbors in need in the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County at

About The Salvation Army Portland
Since 1886, The Salvation Army provides help for the most basic needs of local residents without regard to race, creed, social status, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.  The Salvation Army’s services include programs that help people transition from crisis to safety and stability—365 days a year. Last year, The Salvation Army services assisted over 80,000 youth, adults and seniors across Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County. Learn more at

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