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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

Providing physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance,
to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmas.

The Salvation Army celebrates the birth of Christ by spreading His hope, love and joy to less fortunate members of our community. In fact, our gift-giving programs and fundraising initiatives are a direct answer to God's calling to care for the poor, hungry, sick, and displaced. From physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance, to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions, to spiritual guidance that provides healing and hope, we work to assist the whole person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.

Angel Tree/Toy Shop

Through programs like these, The Salvation Army works to make sure that children in every family circumstance have a reason for joy on Christmas morning and hope through each new year.

Our 2019 Angel Tree Toy Drive has kicked off! Businesses and organizations are invited to sign up to host an Angel Tree site and collect toys to help us brighten the holidays for families in need.

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Thanksgiving Supplement Box

Applications are being taken from individuals and families who wish to receive assistance for a THANKSGIVING SUPPLEMENT BOX at The Salvation Army, 400 Capital Ave. NE.  Volunteers and staff are ready to help you fill out the application, Monday - Friday, November 4 –8, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.  The Salvation Army is coordinating with Santa’s Helpers, and asking that families only apply to receive help from one of these organizations.  Applications must be received by November 8th in order to receive a Thanksgiving Supplement Box that will be distributed on Monday, November 25.  


Community Thanksgiving Meal

The Salvation Army Battle Creek Corps is hosting a Community Thanksgiving Meal on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2019, at The Salvation Army Sally’s Kitchen, 400 Capital Ave. NE.  A full Thanksgiving meal, cooked in SALLY’S KITCHEN at The Salvation Army will include turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, buttered corn and lots more, including pumpkin pie!

The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to help serve the guests, and clean up.  Those wishing to volunteer may arrive at 10:30 a.m. to sign in and receive instructions.  The Salvation Army is expecting between 200 and 300 guests for this special community meal.  No registrations for the dinner are necessary.  Take-out meals or delivery of meals are not available.  


Holiday Veteran Assistance

VETERAN Applications are being taken from individuals and families who have an active Military Personnel or VETERAN living in their household, and who wish to receive assistance for the Christmas holiday at The Salvation Army, 400 Capital Ave. NE.  Volunteers and staff are ready to help military families fill out the application, Monday - Friday, November 11-15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.  The Salvation Army is coordinating with Toys for Tots and Santa’s Helpers, and asking that families only apply to receive help from one of these organizations.  Applications for families with active military or a veteran in the household must be received before November 15 in order to receive assistance.  The Salvation Army and the Federal Center are partnering to assist these families with distribution on Friday, December 6th.  The families will receive an appointment time for December 6 to pick up their holiday assistance.


Holiday Family Assistance

REGULAR FOOD AND TOY SHOP Applications are being taken from individuals and families who wish to receive assistance for the Christmas holiday at The Salvation Army, 400 Capital Ave. NE.  Volunteers and staff are ready to help you fill out the application, Monday - Friday, from 9:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.  Applications will be taken Monday through Friday, November 18 –22, and from Monday –Friday, December 2 –13. Additional sign up times will be available on Friday, December 6th, from 5:00 –7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 7th, from 1-4 p.m. Applications must be received before December 13th in order to receive assistance from The Salvation Army Food Distribution and Toy Shop.

Families who have been approved will receive an appointment time for either Thursday, December 19 or Friday, December 20 to come to The Salvation Army to receive their food and toys.  The Salvation Army is coordinating with Toys for Tots and Santa’s Helpers, and asking that families only apply to receive help from one of these organizations. 


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