Rachael Fowler
Communications Manager
(619) 446-0294

Bill Gibbs continues to make a difference

SAN DIEGO (November 27, 2017) – In memory of San Diego aviation pioneer Bill Gibbs, The Salvation Army is partnering with organizations he was involved with for the first annual San Diego Bill Gibbs Memorial Red Kettle Day.


On Friday, December 1, The Kiwanis Club of San Diego, La Jolla Presbyterian Church and The Salvation Army Metropolitan Advisory Board will ring bells at Red Kettles to honor Gibbs’ memory.


A San Diego aviator, Bill Gibbs was a well-known contributor to many San Diego non-profits and organizations.


Gibbs participated on The Salvation Army’s San Diego Metropolitan Advisory Board from 1989 until his death on October 29, 2016. He was heavily involved with The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope campus for women and children and served on the Property and Program committees of the board.


“Bill made such a big impact to us and to all of San Diego,” says Major Darren Norton of The Salvation Army. “We wanted to continue his legacy of changing lives by raising money at Salvation Army Red Kettles in his honor. We are partnering with organizations in which he made a huge impact, and we hope this will be the first of many years.” 


While Bill Gibbs Memorial Red Kettle Day will be celebrated across San Diego, these organizations will be ringing at the following locations on Friday, December 1:

  • Kiwanis Club of San Diego

Ralphs Grocery Store Downtown San Diego

101 G St, San Diego, CA 92101

11:00am - 7:00pm

Interview opportunity: Monica Ball

  • La Jolla Presbyterian Church

Vons Grocery Store La Jolla

7544 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

10:00am - 6:00pm

Interview/visual opportunities: Bill Gibbs’ son Buzz Gibbs and La Jolla Brass

  • Salvation Army San Diego Metropolitan Advisory Board

Vons Grocery Store at Liberty Station

2495 Truxtun Rd Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106

11:00am - 7:00pm

Interview opportunity: Any Salvation Army Board Member


All funds raised in the Red Kettles benefit Salvation Army programs right here in San Diego and help provide meals, toys and other support to those in need.

For more information about The Salvation Army and volunteer opportunities, please visit sandiego.salvationarmy.org.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.