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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.

Make Christmas Bright

Please join us in spreading the joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas to individuals and families throughout Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties in need this Christmas season and beyond. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas programs include:

Thanksgiving Assistance

Community Thanksgiving Dinner - everyone is welcome
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Location: The Salvation Army, Community Center on Barlow from 11:30am - 1:30pm. 

Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets (Holiday Assistance sign up required)
Food baskets with all of the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner will be distributed to qualifying area families. 

christmas Assistance - Gift and meal programs

The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program includes distribution of toys through the Christmas Toy Shop in partnership with Toys for Tots, and gifts for Teens through the Teen Angel, Adopt a Teen program.
Click here for more information on Holiday Assistance
Click here for information on becoming a Teen Angel 
Click here for Christmas Wishes gift ideas.  

Community Christmas Dinner - everyone is welcome
Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Location: The Salvation Army, Community Center on Barlow from 11:30am - 1:30pm. 

Christmas Dinner Baskets
Food baskets with all the fixing for Christmas dinner will be distributed to qualifying area families. (Holiday Assistance sign up is required.) 

how can you help spread the joy of the holidays? 

Purchase gifts from the Wish List - click here for Wish List
Become a Teen Angel and provide gifts and necessities for area teens - click here for more information and to sign up 
Sponsor a Christmas Dinner basket to bring families together around the table in celebration - food baskets with all the fixings cost $35.00
Purchase baby items or fill a diaper bag to provide expectant mothers gifts for their soon arriving bundles of joy.  
Volunteer your time and talents - click here for volunteer opportunities

Make a donation: click here to securely donate online

Need Holiday Assistance? Click here for directions on registering for assistance and to download an application.  

For more information contact Ruth Blick, Director of Community Resource Development at (231) 946-4644 ext 314.

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