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Brighten the holidays for a struggling neighbor.

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Millions of American parents cannot afford to buy their kids Christmas presents.

Describe how you approach this ministry in your community in two to three sentences. Consider this to be a purpose statement for this ministry. You have the opportunity to share a testimonial in the next module, and to list specific services and details in the Free Text Area.

"It was such a blessing to be able to give my children Christmas gifts. I couldn't have done it without Salvation Army."

Holiday times are tough when you can't afford a meal or gifts. The Salvation Army helps families make the holidays bright no matter what.

The Salvation Army brightens the holiday season for those in need through:

Red Kettles
These iconic red kettles signal the start of the holiday season. Donations collected in these buckets support the services in your neighborhood. Bell ringers are both seasonal employees and volunteers. Learn more about Bell Ringing.

Angel Tree
When you're struggling financially to care for your family, holiday gifts are often not feasible. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program allows donors to purchase gifts and clothes for families in need, making their holidays brighter. Be an angel for a family in need this Christmas.

Coat Drives
The Salvation Army partners with the Chicago Bears and Jewel-Osco and NBC5 to collect new or gently used winter coats for families. Each year, we collect more than 30,000 coats.

Holiday Meals
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. We host homemade dinners at our facility and provide a Christmas dinner box to struggling families. Each box feeds a family of six, and includes meat, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, biscuits, cake mix and more.

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