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Celebrities Ring Bells for The Salvation Army and Portlanders Enjoy Free Franz Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 


Portland, OR (December 12, 2019) - Stop by your favorite local celebrities’ kettle and grab a free Franz grilled cheese sandwich at Pioneer Square on your lunch break during The Salvation Army’s 2019 Celebrity Bell Ringing Day! 

Local celebrities will be out in full force in downtown Portland on Thursday, December 12 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, raising funds for local families in need. So, here’s your chance to meet them and support their efforts in helping others - drop by one of the locations listed below, say hi, and make a donation to their kettle. 

Our goal is to raise $1,000 in 4 hours to help make Christmas possible for families in need. 

 “This year the need is greater than ever and our Christmas Assistance program has filled up quicker than in the previous three years. As the cost of living and the number of people in need increase, so does our bottom line,” Major Bob Lloyd, The Salvation Army Portland Metro Coordinator. 

And your support at their kettles tomorrow (and until Christmas Eve) will be a great help this year, as The Salvation Army expects to be behind on reaching its 2019 Kettle Goal of $690,000. Funds raised provide Christmas assistance, food pantries, summer camps for youth, emergency disaster services, shelter services, youth programs and activities for seniors. 

“We know it’s going to take a little extra effort this year to reach our goal, but the Portland community has always been so generous. Visit us and your local celebrity, pick up a free grilled cheese and help your neighbors in need by giving at the Red Kettle.”

Here is your donation in action this holiday season. $10 feeds a hungry family, $20 gives a Christmas gift to a child and $50 provides 21 meals for people in need. 

The Salvation Army needs to raise $524,000 to continue helping those in the most need. As of December 10, the Red Kettles have raised 165,000. The Red Kettle goal across the Portland Metro area is $690,000. 


Corner of 5th & Morrison 
*Jenny Hasson and Dan Tilkin (KOIN) , 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
*Mike Lee (KPDQ) Georgene Rice (KPDQ) and Christmas Carolers, 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM 
*Jenn Hayes, Jake Byron and Tony Russell (98.7 The Bull) , 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. 
* Greg Smith (Portland Trail Blazer Alumni), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Corner of 5th & Yamhill 
*Lucinda Kay (KXL) and Cooper Banks (KXL), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
*Janine Wolf (K103) and Mark Radford (Portland Trail Blazer Alumni) , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
*Cassidy Quinn (KGW), Shirley Hancock and Mike Donahue, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
*Christmas Carolers and Crystal Thornton (104.1 The Fish), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Corner of Park Ave and Yamhill 
*Lloyd Neal (Portland Trail Blazer Alumni), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
*Canine Companions for Independence Service Dogs, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
*The Salvation Army Brass Band, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
*MoJo (98.7 The Bull), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Pioneer Square 
*Rebecca Marshall and Brett Reckamp (KXL), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
*Jim Kennison (Franz Bakery), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
*Members of the Portland Winterhawks Rosebuds Dance Team, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
*Allison Burke (Miss NW Wonderland), 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

The celebrities listed above will be fundraising for The Salvation Army tomorrow from 10:00 AM AM - 2:00 PM. Can’t make it downtown tomorrow? You can still make a donation by visiting

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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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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 30 million Americans in need. Donate now to help our neighbors in need in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County at

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