Owl City Rocks The Red Kettle For The Salvation Army

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For every date on his current North American tour, musician Owl City is rocking the ‘red kettle’ for the Salvation Army.

The “Fireflies” and “Good Time” hitmaker, born Adam Young in Owatonna, Minnesota, will be encouraging volunteerism during the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign by serving at soup kitchens and homeless shelters on every date of his Midsummer Station World Tour.

“I just wanted to show I care, and it’s a great cause,” Young tells Samaritanmag.

The 25-date tour began September 5 in Nashville and continues through October 7 in Detroit.

“It’s just a great way to team up with an amazing organization that I’ve looked up to for a lot of years,” Young says.

“At school, I was the hipster kid who always bought his clothes from the Salvation Army. I’ve been tuned into what they’ve been doing for years and years. So when they came to me and told me,  ‘This is what we’re doing for the Rock The Red Kettle Show,’ I said, ‘Absolutely – I’m right there.’”

The Salvation Army, founded in 1878 in London, England by minister William Booth, serves 30 million North Americans in need each year in communities with numerous programs that include toys for kids, coats for the homeless, and food for the hungry.

The kettle is a century-old tradition, originating in 1891 with Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee whereby passersby tossed money in an iron pot to help feed the poor during Christmas. The idea grew nationwide six years later. Today, the Salvation Army’s signature red kettle is used throughout the world.

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