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Every year, parents must choose between giving their children gifts or paying bills. Individuals facing poverty often spend the holidays without the warmth of a shared meal or even a support system.

The holidays bring added financial and emotional stress to families and individuals living in poverty. From gifts for children in need to special meals for those who would otherwise go without fellowship on the holidays and meeting other basic needs - we aim to bring joy back into the season.

The Salvation Army helps make
spirits brighter at Christmas through:

Adopt-a-Family program

In some cities, you can organize a group to adopt a family in need and help them have a better Christmas celebration. Check with your local Salvation Army to see if they offer this program.

Children's Tree, Angel Tree, Toy Shop or Toy Town

Whatever it's called in your town, it's meant to provide toys to kids who otherwise might not find anything under the tree on Christmas morning.

Thanksgiving and Christmas hot meals or food baskets

The Salvation Army helps bring people together for the holidays by providing everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at home and hot meals at our centers where hundreds gather.

Holiday parties for youth or older adults

Giving everyone, young and old, a place to celebrate with others is a simple thing that goes a long way toward helping people during the holidays.

Coats and winter gear for youth and adults

Many Salvation Army locations conduct community coat drives in the fall to provide coats to those in need all winter long.

Holiday Assistance

Holiday Assistance Registration is available during the following time frames at the locations listed below:

Lucas County, OH: Residents can apply at 620 N. Erie St. Toledo, 43604 

Ottawa County, OH: Residents can pick up an application during business hours at either the Ottawa County Public Library or the Salvation Army in Port Clinton at 1834 E. Perry Street. The application period runs through December 1. 

Wood County, OH: Residents can apply at the Salvation Army at 1045 N. Main, Ste. 8, in Bowling Green from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Required documents: 1) Picture ID for all adults in the household; 2) Proof if income for the household (current within 30 days), such as a paystub, proof of unemployment, or an SS/SSI/SSD printout; 3) Proof of address (Must include applicant's name, address and be current within 30 days), such as a utility bill or piece of business mail; 4) Proof of birthdates for all children, such as a birth certificate, 2018 income tax return, or a recent official school record; and 5) if applicable, legal guardianship or custody papers

Red Kettle Campaign: A Modern Day Tradition

Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, and Chile, and in many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to the kettles enable The Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to those who would otherwise be forgotten - to homebound seniors, the ill, inmates of jails and other institutions, and those stricken with poverty.

Annually, The Salvation Army in the United States aids more than 6,000,000 people at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Kettles have also changed since the first utilitarian cauldron set-up in San Francisco. Some of the new kettles have such devices as a self-ringing bell and even the ability to donate via credit card. These new technological advances allow The Salvation Army to keep their brand fresh and relevant to a new generation of donors and volunteers, and above all, continue "Doing the Most Good" in their communities

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