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The Holidays Mean More When You Give

Providing meals, coats, food boxes, toys, and gifts to those in need this holiday season.
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Registration for the 2021 Christmas Assistance Program will Open November 1st and be available until November 29th, 2021.

Instructions and guidlines for signing up for households requesting both toys & food are below.

  Please Note: If you do not have children who are eligible for toys and you're ONLY signing up for Christmas food assistance, please call our office at 319-364-9131 to register.  Online registrations are ONLY for households requesting both toys & food.


By registering below for both toys & food assistance means that you agree to the following:

  • Toys received from The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program will not be auctioned, sold, or otherwise turned over for monetary donations.
  • My household income is under the cap of 185% of poverty level (the same used to qualify for the school reduced lunch program).
  • I will only register children who live at my address at least 50% of the time, that are in my direct care and are between the ages of newborn through age 14.
  • I will provide verification of my registration information upon request.
  • I am a Linn County, IA resident.
  • I will not be participating in any other agency toy programs.
  • I understand that violation of these terms will result in disqualification from future participation.
  • Distribution will be at Hawkeye Downs from Tuesday, December 7 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.
  • Pick up will be drive thru at assigned times. Volunteers will have pre-selected and packaged toys based on your registration.  No exchanges or returns.
  • Food this year will be meat and a grocery store voucher.

You will receive an email when your application has been received, approved, and a time assigned. If you do not receive an email within 4 business days of your registration, please contact the office at 319-364-9131 or email

We'd like to say a very special thanks to our Christmas assistance partner, Toys for Tots.  A majority of the Christmas toys given to families are provided in collaboration with Toys for Tots, a Marine Corps Reserves Foundation.  Toys for Tots is a separate organization from The Salvation Army and the basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.  Their partnership with The Salvation Army in Linn County is essential to making Christmas morning joyful for hundreds of households each year.  To learn more about the Toys for Tots operation in Linn County, please CLICK HERE.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Guidlines listed above
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