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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.

How we help brighten the holidays

Especially during the holiday season, needed assistance with everyday problems can help a family have the hope they need to start the new year. The Salvation Army assists families with temporal needs by providing food, utility, rent, and other assistance. Through our holistic approach to serving the whole person, we supplement every service with emotional and spiritual support.

The Salvation Army collaborates with other agencies during the holiday season to provide the most assistance to the community.
Holiday assistance programs include:

Share the Warmth Coat Drive

The Salvation Army provides winter coats to individuals and families in need during the fall/winter season through its annual coat drive. Our annual coat drive collection runs through the month of October with distribution in early November.  Sign up for winter wear needs will be in October.  Call 269-344-6119 for more information. 

Angel Tree Toy Drive

Area organizations, businesses, schools, churches, and individuals donate toys to ensure that every child in need has toys under the Christmas tree.  Typically runs from late October through mid December.  More information will be forthcoming in October.  Please call 269-344-6119 if interested in helping.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Food

Food baskets or food vouchers are distributed to families or individuals for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.  Additional information to sign up for holiday food will be available in November.

Christmas Toy Shop

The toy shop helps families who need help with Christmas gifts.  Families who qualify are allowed to hand-pick gifts for children 16 and younger, as provided through the Angel Tree Toy Drive. 


Senior Food Vouchers

Christmas Food Vouchers are available for seniors age 55 and older.  Vouchers are mailed to seniors.  Look for additional information about signing up for a voucher later this fall. 

Christmas Food Vouchers

Christmas Food Vouchers are available for qualifying families.  

Check back in October for more information about 2021 Holiday Assistance Sign ups.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Identification & proof of address for head of household
  • Identification cards for all others in household (birth certificate, medicaid card or school ID)
  • Proof of all household income (pay check, unemployment, child support, FIP, SSI, SS and/or pension)