Kicking off Christmas!

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Mascot Challenge is a yearly Christmas tradition for the Army in Massachusetts. Mascots from local sports teams, including “Patriot Pat” (New England Patriots, NFL football), “Slyde the Fox” (New England Revolution, soccer), “Blade the Bear” (Boston Bruins, hockey), “Arthur the Pirate” (Massachusetts Pirates, indoor football) and “Boomer the Cannon” (Boston Cannons, Lacrosse) become Army bell ringers and delight people in downtown Boston. They are joined by the Salvation Army’s own mascots, “RJ Kroc” and “Captain Redd,” to collect donations for the kettles, pose for pictures, and even show off a Super Bowl ring or two.

This year, the COVID–19 pandemic will unfortunately keep the mascots from taking center stage with their bells and kettles. That’s why The Salvation Army needs your help more than ever. Consider making an online donation at