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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

Providing physical needs such as groceries, utilities and gift assistance, and emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.

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.

 

Big Gifts Really Do Come In Small Packages

Ashley's life started to unravel before the holidays- “Our lives fell apart. We soon lost our home, our car and I had to put my education on hold. As the holiday got closer, I knew there would be no extra money for gifts. We barely had enough food to eat. When I went to pick up toys for my son and daughter, the staff treated me with such dignity and respect. The love and generosity they showed me was overwhelming. Unlike anything I had experienced They spent time with me, talked and prayed with me. They told me I was gonna make it.”

The Salvation Army helps make
spirits brighter during the Holidays 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

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 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.

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.

Other Ways We Meet Needs