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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

During the holidays, we work to assist the whole
person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.

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The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmas.

We celebrate the birth of Christ by spreading His hope, love and joy to those who are hurting during the holidays and throughout the year. In fact, our services are a direct answer to God's calling to care for the poor, hungry, sick, and displaced.

Adopt-a-Family program

The Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division provides various types of help through its holiday assistance programs. For example, each Christmas season, various Corps Community Centers and Service Units run Adopt-a-Family programs to serve people who are less fortunate from the community. Those who cannot afford Christmas gifts for their children apply to these programs in October. They are required to bring specific information and documentation (i.e., proof of I.D., income, and number in household) to be considered for the programs. Most receive Christmas gifts through Angel Tree, while some who are in desperate need are served not only gifts, but also other items helpful for enjoying a holiday season through Adopt-a-Family.  Learn More.

Angel Tree program

The Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division provides various types of help through its holiday assistance programs. For example, each Christmas season, various Corps Community Centers and Service Units run Angel Tree programs to serve people who are less fortunate from the community.Those who cannot afford Christmas gifts for their children apply to these programs in October. They are required to bring specific information and documentation (i.e., proof of I.D., income, and number in household) to be considered for the programs. Most receive Christmas gifts through Angel Tree, while some who are in desperate need are served not only gifts, but also other items helpful for enjoying a holiday season through Adopt-a-Family.  Learn More.

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.

Thanksgiving and Christmas hot meals or food baskets

Additionally, many operations of The Salvation Army offer warm meals on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another food-related offerings include Holiday Food Baskets. These baskets are distributed throughout the holidays to individuals and families, including: Thanksgiving – food or gift cards for a Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings; Christmas – food or gift cards to cover several days of meals, including a celebration dinner; and Easter – food or gift cards to make a holiday dinner available for the whole family. Such programs are always looking for volunteers like you!

Nursing Home Visitations

There are also nursing home visitations that take place during the holiday season. Every year, staff and volunteers visit numerous nursing homes, bringing with them gifts and friendly conversation. Likewise, they too are always looking for volunteers like you!

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.

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