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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.

Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army provides extra assistance programs during the Christmas season.  From working with the Toys-for-Tots to provide toys for families with children, to food cards for a Christmas meal, to Adopt-a-Family and special community meals, our goal is to make every Christmas bright!

Our 2021 application window for assistance will begin Monday, October 18, and end Sunday, November 14, 2021. During this time, you can apply for assistance by visiting saangeltree.org

Residents of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties can sign up for assistance.


  • Toys for children 13 & younger and a $25.00 food gift card (one food gift card per household)
  • Households without children under 13 can apply for a food gift card for $25.00 (one food gift card per household)

How to Apply:

  • Online registration begins October 18, at 9:00 am, and ends November 14, 2021
  • Apply online at www.saangeltree.org
  • Clients must have an email address to apply as all correspondence will be done via email.

Please feel free to call The Salvation Army Christmas Clearance Bureau at 517-853-3744 after October 18th if you have any questions.

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