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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

From providing family dinners and keeping the heater on to putting toys under
the Christmas tree, we lend a hand with holiday events, offering healing and hope
through spiritual guidance and giving gifts that serve the body, mind, and soul.

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Millions of children in America will go without Christmas gifts because their parents can't afford them.

Financial and emotional stress dampen the Christmas cheer of families living in poverty.


The Salvation Army Brings Happy
Holidays to Many Through:

Angel Tree Program

We put new clothes and toys under the tree for 1 million children who usually have to go without Christmas gifts. Anonymous donors adopt these little "angels" in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the gift giver and receiver.

Grocery and Food Assistance

From hosting sit-down Christmas dinners to delivering meals to stocking food pantries, we give the gift of a full stomach to many. The Salvation Army makes sure low-income families, struggling seniors, and those without a home for the holidays have something to eat.

Bill-Pay Assistance

The Salvation Army helps struggling households pay their utility bills, offsetting the added financial burdens that come with Christmas expenses and keeping the heat on during those cold winter nights. This allows low-income families to maintain self-dignity and stability while keeping up with their bills.

Holiday Events

We spread Christmas cheer each holiday season through traditions such as hospital visits, nursing home events, meal delivery, bell ringing, gifting programs, and clothing and Christmas toy donations. This gives the gift of hope and relief to low-income families, shut-ins, children of prisoners, and those without a home for the holidays.

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The Red Kettle needs you.

About 33% of total yearly donations to The Salvation Army come through the Red Kettle campaign, which only runs from late November until December 24.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide gifts of healing and hope for those who need it most at Christmastime. Donate now.

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Every dollar does good.

Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to funding Salvation Army initiatives. And all the money stays within the community in which it was given.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide gifts of healing and hope for those who need it most at Christmastime. Donate now.

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Christmas giving counts.

In recent years, the bell-ringer program has raised up to $144 million over the holiday season.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide gifts of healing and hope for those who need it most at Christmastime. Donate now.

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Christmas is when The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest.

The Salvation Army celebrates the reason for the season by sharing Christ's hope, love, and joy with low-income families. Our Christmas toy donations and financial assistance are a direct response to God's call to care for the poor, hungry, sick, and displaced. From providing family dinners and keeping the heater on to putting toys under the Christmas tree, lending a hand with holiday events, and offering healing and hope through spiritual guidance, we help with Christmas by giving gifts that serve the body, mind, and soul.

Giving Is the Gift that Keeps on Giving. Your Donations
Help Us Bring the Magic of Christmas to Many

Watch how The Salvation Army Angel Tree program offers joy and dignity to families in need.

Make Christmas Merry. You Can Help.

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