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Holiday Giving

Make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.

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Love Beyond Christmas

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.

Find Help

If you or a loved one needs help, please contact your local Salvation Army to see what services are available in your area. 


Christmas Events

December 9
The National Commander's Red Kettle Challenge

Commissioner Hodder is challenging others to raise more funds than him in a four-hour shift.

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November 23
Dolly Parton Kicks Off the Season of Giving  

Dolly Parton is performing at The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Kickoff Halftime Show during the Dallas Cowboys game to launch the season of giving and help us work toward making this the best Red Kettle Campaign yet.  

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November 28
Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, your dollar stays local when you give to The Salvation Army. Help your neighbors in need of food, shelter, and love.  

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Show love all year long

Christmas is a season of giving, which for many of us means showering those we love with gifts. But it’s also about giving to those most in need. This holiday, donate and help us continue to provide vital services.

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Adopt an Angel Today

In a typical year, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program puts new clothes and toys under the tree for 1 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.

Find your local Walmart Angel Tree Registry

Here are a few things your giving supports

Homeless shelters

As part of our ongoing efforts to address the homelessness epidemic in the United States, The Salvation Army serves people in need of a safe place to stay 365 days a year through our network of homeless shelters, traditional housing, permanent supportive housing, and reentry resources. 

Food Pantries

Sadly, there is no shortage of families facing financial burdens during the holidays. We provide programs and resources in food pantries and other locations that serve all who are in need. From Christmas meals to food baskets and groceries, we make everyone feel cared for during the holiday season. 

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by volunteering to help those struggling with food insecurity? Find a location near you.


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. 

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 underserved people during the holidays, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all who are 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. 

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Show love to your local community when you ring the bell for The Salvation Army.

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Christmas stories of people we serve

The Power of Volunteering

Emma Casebolt paid it forward. One holiday season, she was a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Sacramento. The Salvation Army not only provided gifts for her children but also financial support to help her get on her feet. Later, Emma decided to give back by becoming a Salvation Army volunteer, helping to distribute gifts and recruiting others to adopt individual families to support during the holidays. Through it all, she experienced the power of volunteering as not only a way to support others but also a means of personal healing and purpose.

From Eviction to College Graduation

Misha Laster remembers a challenging period in her life when her family faced eviction due to financial struggles. Feeling lonely and without a stable home, she describes the difficulty of moving from one family member's house to another. The situation changed when her mom found support from The Salvation Army, which prevented them from resorting to a homeless shelter. Her experience with The Salvation Army was a different and positive experience. Staff and volunteers were clearly invested in the Lancaster family's lives and offered support, donations, and financial literacy. Misha talks about the transformative impact of The Salvation Army on her family, leading to educational opportunities, a full scholarship to Belmont University, graduation, marriage, and a family. She expresses gratitude for The Salvation Army's role in helping her family overcome challenges and achieve their goals, emphasizing the organization's profound and positive influence on her life.

Finding Community Beyond Christmas

When Elsa moved to Wisconsin, she found much-needed support from The Salvation Army when she faced financial challenges during the holidays. Grateful for the Army's assistance, she remembers the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the organization's holiday activities. Elsa emphasized the positive impact the Army had on her family's life, including their newfound joy in volunteering and connecting with the community. For her, The Salvation Army is a unique and wonderful organization that not only provides material support but also contributes to the personal growth of its beneficiaries, making them more sensitive, humble, and humane through life's adversities.

Christmas Morning in Hempstead

One Christmas morning at The Salvation Army corps in Hempstead, New York, the congregation's service took an unexpected turn when a nearby building caught fire. As sirens filled the air, residents fled the flames and sought refuge at the church. The congregation, led by Major Young Sung Kim, responded by opening its doors to approximately 80 displaced residents, offering not only hot food and drinks but also coats, blankets, clothes, and Christmas gifts. The Salvation Army showed the true spirit of Christmas and became a temporary shelter, providing warmth, comfort, and support for those affected by the fire. Church volunteers played key roles in cooking, serving, and offering prayers to the victims. Despite the disruption to their own Christmas plans, the congregants embraced their role as the hands and feet of Christ in a time of need. The experience strengthened the community's bond, showcased the church's compassionate outreach, and left a lasting impact on both the volunteers and those they helped.

 Thank you to our partners

The Salvation Army is proud to partner with the following organizations who support our mission to meet human need during this holiday season.


Bass Pro Shops
Dallas Cowboys
Food Lion
Hobby Lobby
Sams Club

PR contacts

National media relations are handled by The Salvation Army National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, and its public relations consultant, LERMA/.

All local media are asked to first contact their local Salvation Army representative for all inquiries, including spokesperson requests.

Territorial Press Contacts Local Contacts
For national media requests, please contact us using the form below: National Media Request Form

Need shelter, food or other assistance?
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

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