Christmas 2013


Bell Ringing

The “miracle” of Christmas happens again and again through joy, caring, and sharing. The Salvation Army Red Kettle is a tradition of the Christmas scene in Lake County, with thousands of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless of our community.

Many of The Salvation Army programs operate only because of the time and donations we receive through the Red Kettle Campaign. Donations provide utility assistance, rental assistance, and clothing, medical and furniture vouchers to our neighbors who find themselves in an emergency situation.

Volunteers who wish to bell ring may sign-up each year by calling 847-336-1880.  The Salvation Army of Waukegan has many indoor and outdoor locations throughout the greater Waukegan and surrounding communities for ringing. Bell ringing hours vary per location and are available Monday-Saturday. Please note we do not ring on Sundays.

We have numerous kettle sites throughout Lake County. We ask that volunteers ring from around 12 noon to approximately 8pm. Please note that we do ring on Sundays. The locations throughout Lake County are a follows:

Lake County Kettle Locations
  • Bass Pro Shop Gurnee  6112 W. Grand  Gurnee, IL  60031
  • Dominicks Fox Lake,  1258 S. US Highway 12,  Fox Lake, 60020
  • Donminicks Gurnee, 6655 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL  60031
  • Dominicks Lake Bluff, 201 Waukegan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL  60044
  • Dominicks Mundellein, 11150 W. Maple Ave., Mundelein, 60060
  • Garden Fresh Mundelein, 400 Townline Rd., Mundelein, IL  60060
  • Garden Fresh Round Lake, 965 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake, IL  60073
  • Gordmn’s, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL  60073
  • Hobby Lobby Vernon Hills, 290 Hawthorne Commons, Vernon Hills, 60061
  • Hobby Lobby Round Lake, 840E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake, IL  60073
  • JCPenney of Vernon Hills, 2 Hawthorn Commons, Vernon Hills, IL  60061
  • Jewel Antioch, 966 IL Rt. 59 Antioch, IL 60002
  • Jewel of Fox Lake,, 1350 S US Highway 12, Fox Lake, IL 60020
  • Jewel Grayslake, 855 E. Belvidere, Grayslake, IL 60030
  • Jewel Green Bay Rd. Waukegan, 922  Green Bay RD., Waukegan, IL  60085
  • Jewel of Gurnee, 6509 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL  60031
  • Jewel of Lake Forest, 890 Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL  60045
  • Jewel Lewis Waukegan, 3124 N. Lewis, Waukegan, IL  60087
  • Jewel Libertyville, 1300 S. Milwaukee, Libertyville, IL 60048
  • Jewel Mundelein, 1501 S, Lake St. Mundelein, IL 60060
  • Jewel Round Lake, 900 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake, IL 60073
  • Jewel Wauconda 547 W Liberty St., Wauconda, IL 60084
  • Jewel Zion  1400 21st Zion, IL  60099
  • Macy’s Gurnee 6124 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL  60031
  • Marianos Libertyville 1720 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL 60061
  • Sam’s Club-Gurnee, 6570 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Sam’s Club-Vernon Hills, 335 N. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills, IL 60045
  • Sunset Foods Lake Forest, 825 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Sunset Foods Libertyville, 1451 Peterson Rd., Libertyville, 60048
  • Walgreen’s of Antioch, 1130 Hwy 83, Antioch, IL  60020
  • Walgreen’s of Fox Lake, 61 U,S, 12 Fox Lake 60020
  • Walgreen’s of Gurnee (21 & Grand), 4830 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Walgreen’s (Almond), 7501 W. Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Walgreen’s Lake Bluff 12700 Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff, IL  60044
  • Walgreen’s (21 & Grand) 4830 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Walgreen’s Gurnee (Almond), 7501 W Grand Ave. Gurnee, IL  60031
  • Walgreen’s Lake Bluff, 127000 Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff, 60044
  • Walgreen’s Lake Forest, 296 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, IL  60045
  • Walgreen’s Libertyville/Rt. 137, 1770N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL  60048
  • Walgreen’s Libertyville/Rt. 21, 1470 S. Milwaukee, Libertyville, IL  60048
  • Walg6590reen’s Mundlein, 345 N. Lake , Mundelein, IL 60060
  • Walgreen’s Vernon Hills, 261 E. Townline Rd., Vernon Hills, IL  60061
  • Walgreen’s Wauconda, 602 Hwy 176, Wauconda, IL  60084
  • Walgreen’s Waukegan (Grand & GB) 709 N. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan, IL  60085
  • Walgreen’s Zion, 2100 Sheridan RD., Zion, IL  60099
  • WalMart Antioch, 475 E. HWY, 173, Antioch, IL  60002
  • WalMart-Gurrnee, 6590 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL  60031
  • WalMart Round Lake, 2680 Route 83 , Round Lake, IL 60073
  • WalMart Vernon Hills, 555 Townline Rd., Vernon Hills, IL  60061
  • WalMart Waukegan, 3900 Fountain Square, Waukegan, IL  60099
  • Walmart Zion, 4000 Route 173, Zion, IL  60099


History of The Salvation Army Red Kettle - Courtesy of The Salvation Army - USA

In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of The Salvation Army was distraught because so many poor individuals in SanFrancisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -funding the project.

Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city’s poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.

The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.

Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.

Captain McFee’s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to The Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

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Angel Tree

Families can sign up for Angel Tree in late fall. Through the Angel Tree Giving Program, families with children 12 years old and younger, are allowed to pre-register and ask for necessary clothing, special-need gifts, and other with items for the children.

The Salvation Army Waukegan has prepared and witnessed a record number of families seeking help this Christmas Season as Angel Tree Sign-up was completed mid-October. With the need greater than ever, we appreciate the commitment of our local community to this program so more children living in poverty can experience the joy that one small Christmas gift can bring.

For more information on the angel Tree Program and Get Involved please contact Michelle Casco at

Adopt-A Family

A diverse collection of local corporations and Lake County area families choose to anonymously “adopt” families in need during the holidays. The Salvation Army Waukegan identifies families who would benefit from the Adopt-A Family Program. The Salvation Army Waukegan matches the adopter with the adoptee and distributes the complete “Christmas Package” before Christmas.