The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless.
Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.
Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season, as well as people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
Because we want to respond to the varying needs of the communities in which we serve, all of our holiday assistance programs are administered locally. If you require assistance, you will need to contact your local Corps Community Center by using the location search on this page. Please note: Most locations begin registration as early as October, so it's recommended you contact your local Salvation Army as soon as possible to inquire about registration dates.