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Most people know The Salvation Army for our Red Kettles, our Angel Trees, and our strong presence during the holiday season, but we support local families all throughout the year.
Put a present under someone’s tree today. And a roof over someone’s head tomorrow.
The donations we collect during the holiday season not only help us provide gifts to children who would otherwise go without, but they also help us provide food, shelter, and utility assistance to those who need it most every day of the year,
Brighten Christmas morning. And the hardest nights for hardworking families.
Every dollar dropped into a red kettle helps give local families the Christmases they deserve and the yearlong support they so desperately need.
Help us carry the spirit of Christmas throughout the year.
We’re serving people who have been impacted by COVID-19 all around the country.
If you or a loved one needs help, please contact your local Salvation Army to see what services are available in your area.
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As part of our ongoing efforts to address the homelessness epidemic in the United States, The Salvation Army serves those in need 365 days a year through our network of homeless shelters, traditional housing, permanent supportive housing, and reentry resources
Sadly, there is no shortage of families facing financial burdens during the holidays. We provide programs and resources on food pantries that serve all that are in need. From Christmas meals to food baskets and groceries, both struggling and needy can enjoy Christmas dinner.
Across the USA, local Salvation Army offices are serving Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to your neighbors who are in need. What better way to celebrate the holidays than by volunteering to help those struggling with food insecurity?
Keeping up with utility bills and rent while living paycheck to paycheck can be overwhelming, especially during the holidays. With rising food insecurity and outsized utility burdens, people are being forced into making difficult and often impossible choices just to survive. Your donations help us keep residents in their homes. From emergency shelter to securing a stable home, we provide rental assistance and program information to support individuals and families who, even temporarily, need rent relief or cannot pay their rent.
In a typical year, we put new clothes and toys under the tree for one million children who usually must go without Christmas gifts. Anonymous donors adopt these little “angels” in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season more rewarding for the gift giver and happier for the receiver. This year, please consider taking a few more angels off the tree or donating gifts in bulk.
The Salvation Army has always fought to ensure that no one goes without heat in the chilliest winters, air conditioning in the brutal summers, or fresh water to drink and bathe in. We continue to help struggling households pay their utility bills, offsetting the added financial burdens that come with Christmas season expenses. This allows families to enjoy the holidays and keep the heat on during those cold winter months.
In providing its programs and services to the needy and underserved during the holidays, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.
Help us give hope to those in need who feel forgotten.
After a challenging time in her life, the kind many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Crystal checked into The Salvation Army’s family shelter at the Community of Hope in Lakeland, Florida. Her primary goal was to build a stable home for herself and her three children, especially after her recent eviction.
Crystal enrolled in the Pathway of Hope program and quickly secured a job at a local restaurant. She was able to open a bank account to save money in order to transition out of the shelter and into stable, secure housing.
“I think Crystal’s story is really a perfect reminder that, through Pathway of Hope, we can really break the cycle of poverty for people who have faced hardships for large portions of their life,” said a Salvation Army social services program coordinator. “I think she’s a shining example of someone who really wanted to put in the work, and we were able to come alongside her in the journey.”
Crystal remains active in the Pathway of Hope initiative and plans to pursue her GED as well as secure a driver’s license. Her journey continues with an eye toward a better future, and her story stands as an illustration of what hard work and persistence can bring.
Chelsey, a single mother of two children (one disabled) and U.S. Navy Veteran from Minnesota, has never needed help from The Salvation Army until the COVID-19 pandemic began. Chelsey has received groceries from The Salvation Army a half dozen times. She’s among the growing number of people who are first-time visitors to Salvation Army food pantries.
Recently, she was able to return to work part-time. Although Chelsey will not need to rely on food assistance for much longer, she is happy to know that The Salvation Army and our supporters will always be here to help.
Alicia, a full-time candy store employee and mother of four from York, Pennsylvania, had her hours cut drastically when COVID-19 struck the U.S., and she fell $2,000 behind on her rent. With no other options left, Alicia turned to The Salvation Army. Alicia received $1,000 to help with rent, and she was able to pay the other $1,000. The Salvation Army also helped her with food assistance to help further ease the financial burden.
“This helped me out a lot,” Alicia said. “Without The Salvation Army, I don’t think we would be able to continue to stay in this house that we’re in now. Anyone looking for help – The Salvation Army is your best bet. They work with you, and when they say they’re willing to help you, they follow up, step by step.”
Alicia is now back to work full-time and is continuing to work with The Salvation Army to earn her GED and high school diploma.
Mindy Reyes, a single mom of four kids, is still alive today thanks to a phone call from The Salvation Army.
“The first three days I didn’t tell anybody,” Mindy said. “I didn’t have any family in the area and was scared. As I got sicker, I called The Salvation Army. I couldn’t handle it. Everybody was sick and we were running out of food.”
The Salvation Army was able to bring the family food, but as time went on, Mindy’s health continued to worsen. A Salvation Army officer called her home a while later and after hearing the condition Mindy was in, called an ambulance which took her to the hospital just in time, saving her life.
The Salvation Army is proud to partner with the following organizations who support our mission to meet human need during this holiday season.
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