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Welcome to Tustin Ranch Corps
Captain Nigel J. Cross
Nigel was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and has been a lifelong Salvationist. After attending University and working as an Intermediate School Teacher, he won a national scholarship to study abroad to learn Music Therapy. He attained a Master of Music Education from the University of Kansas which then opened doors for his return to America, of which he is now a citizen. While working for The Salvation Army, he furthered his academic studies at Fuller Theological Seminary where he attained a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree. He has been an officer with his wife, Stacy, for the past ten years serving as Corps officers in Santa Barbara, CA, and Centennial, CO, with an intervening appointment at the College for Officer Training at Crestmont serving as Assistant Director of Curriculum followed by Director of Personnel. Currently Nigel and Stacy are the Orange County Coordinators for The Salvation Army and Corps Officers of the Tustin Ranch Corps. Nigel’s passion is spiritual formation and equipping others to be mature followers of Christ who participate with God to extend His kingdom.
Captain Stacy T. Cross
Stacy is a third generation Japanese American who was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She attended an Episcopal church growing up and later an independent Bible teaching church where she was discipled through small groups and quality Bible teaching. She attended the University of Washington and attained a Bachelor degree and a Master of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine. She was a well respected Medical Technologist at the University Hospital for seventeen years. Once becoming an Officer in The Salvation Army she has continued her studies and attained a Master of Higher Education from Drexel University. Her passion in ministry is seeing people achieve wellness: Spiritual, Physical and Emotional.
RED KETTLE HISTORY
The Origin of Christmas Kettles
The Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco had resolved, in December of 1891, to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area's poor persons. But how would he pay for the food?As he went about his daily tasks, the question stayed in his mind. Suddenly, his thoughts went back to his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England. On the Stage Landing he saw a large pot, called "Simpson's pot" into which charitable donations were thrown by passers-by.
On the next morning, he secured permission from the authorities to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing, at the foot of Market Street. No time was lost in securing the pot and placing it in a conspicuous spot, so that it could be seen by all those going to and from the ferry boats. In addition, a brass urn was placed on a stand in the waiting room for the same purpose.
Thus, Captain Joseph McFee launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but also around the world.
By Christmas, 1895, the kettle was used in 30 Salvation Army Corps in various sections of the West Coast area. The Sacramento Bee in that year carried a description of the Army's Christmas activities and mentioned the contributions to street corner kettles. Shortly afterward, two young Salvation Army officers who had been instrumental in the original use of the kettle, William A. McIntyre and N.J. Lewis, were transferred to the East. They took with them the idea of the Christmas Kettle.
In 1897, McIntyre prepared his Christmas plans for Boston around the kettle, but his fellow officers refused to cooperate for fear of "making spectacles of themselves." So McIntyre, his wife and his sister set up three kettles at the Washington Street thoroughfare in the heart of the city. That year the kettle effort in Boston and other locations nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy.
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In 1898, the New York World hailed The Salvation Army kettles as "the newest and most novel device for collecting money." The newspaper also observed, "There is a man in charge to see that contributions are not stolen."
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, however, families are given grocery checks or vouchers so that they can buy and prepare their own dinners at home. The homeless poor are still invited to share holiday dinners and festivities at hundreds of Salvation Army Centers.
Kettles now are used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and in many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to the kettles enable The Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to those who would otherwise be forgotten - to the aged and lonely, the ill, the inmates of jails and other institutions, the poor and unfortunate in the Untied States. The Salvation Army annually aids more than 3,000,000 persons at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Kettles have changed since the first utilitarian cauldron set up in San Francisco. Some of the new kettles have such devices as a self-ringing bell and a booth complete with public address system over which traditional Christmas carols are broadcast.
Behind it all, though, is the same Salvation Army message, "Sharing Is Caring" and that "Need Knows No Season."