Santa Rosa kettles turn green

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Captain Mark Gilden and Bob St. Clair, NFL Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49er, man a green kettle. Photo by: Wayne Rowlands


Red kettles are painted green to raise donations on St. Patrick’s Day.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, The Salvation Army in Santa Rosa, Calif., is “going green.”

Red kettles—now painted green—are ready for corps members and community volunteers to stand and ring the bells at 17 sites throughout the city.

When Corps Officer Captain Mark Gilden was looking for creative ways to raise funds and generate positive publicity in 2009, he read an article about The Salvation Army in Kansas placing green kettles along its St. Patrick’s Day Parade route. He liked the idea.

Now in its third year, Santa Rosa’s green kettles have raised nearly $8,000 total with an additional $5,000 expected this year from the online Green Kettle option. To donate to the Green Kettle, visit

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