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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.


How we help brighten the holidays - 2022

The holiday season brings with it warm and fuzzy memories and feelings, but for many, it brings up painful memories or even disappointing realities of their current struggles and life situation. Financial stresses through loss of job, decreased work hours, disabilities, debt, or inability to pay ongoing family bills are often the catalyst to huge anxieties. Many mental health issues surface during this season. We want to offer what we can to families and especially children during this hard time in their lives. With the hope of building relationships or directing them to needed services or programs. Support systems and relationships are the best ways to offer support in a crisis

Thanksgiving Community Meal

We offer a Thanksgiving meal to whosoever, although the great draw is from our immediate area. Many fixed-income or no-income families attend and we try to make it as homey and welcoming as possible. This meal is generally held during the week of Thanksgiving and anyone wanting to join us our welcome. The meal will be held on Nov, 23rd at 1040 N Fulton Ave, from 11-1 pm.  

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Toy Town - Adopt a family

The Salvation Army in partnership with Toys for tots works to provide Christmas presents for children 0- 16 years of age. So the joy of Christmas can still be experienced without the parents having to worry about anything more than what they already have on their plate. It is The Salvation Army's hope that all children feel loved and cared for at Christmas, and we are excited to be working closely with Toys for Tots and other community partners towards the same goal. This is a special time for Children and they may not understand why there may be no presents at Christmas.  The Salvation Army's desire is that all know of a special gift that was given by God to this world in Jesus.  And He is the reason for the season. We hope that by the selfless giving of gifts and other items we have an avenue to share the love of Jesus and the gospel.

Adopt a Family is a program that helps families in severe a dire need by "taking care" of their entire, gifts, and clothing items.... we rely on community partners and individuals to volunteer to "Adopt" families who are suffering. Families are selected for "adoption" after the sign-up process concludes for the season.

If you would like to adopt a family, please reach out to Emily Hasty by clicking HERE, or calling her at 812-483-6927, the last day for new adopters to sign up is Oct 31st

Coat a Kid

The Salvation Army in conjunction with Don's Cleaners are making available clean, gently used coats for children and parents. These coats are given to Don's Cleaners and cleaned and distributed through The Salvation Army's assistance programs. We are planning on giving coats to all of the families that seek Christmas Assistance with us, AND any leftover adult coats will be given out to any needy homeless or other clients in our food programs. Please feel free to donate monetarily below, or if you would like to drop off a used coat please seek out your nearest Dons Cleaners location. Thank you to them for their partnership!

Don Clayton's Cleaners locations:

  • 2000 E Morgan Ave-Evansville
  • 4600 Bellemeade Ave-Evansville
  • 4319 N First Ave-Evansville
  • 3309 N Green River Rd-Evansville
  • 518 N Barker Ave- Evansville
  • 8355 Hwy 66 -Newburgh

Donate to Coats For Kids Dons Cleaners

Coats may also be available at a fellow Coat a Kid Organization - Evansville Christian Life Center


Is your family in need of help this holiday season?                       

Sign ups have closed for the 2022 season 

Families seeking help this Christmas can sign up for help at our location at 1040 N Fulton Ave, Evansville, IN.

We will be having sign-ups on the following dates and times for you to register your family:

  • Tuesday, October 11th, - 2-6 pm
  • Thursday, October 13th, - 9-1 pm
  • Saturday, October, 15th,  - 11-3 pm
  • Tuesday, October 18th, - 2-6 pm
  • Thursday, October 20th,  - 9-1 pm
  • Saturday, October,, 22nd, - 11-3 pm
  • Tuesday, October 25th, - 2-6 pm
  • Thursday, October 27th, - 9-1 pm
  • Saturday, October, 29th,  - 11-3 pm

Items to bring/attach online:

  • Proof of identification for ALL household members. (Options include: birth certificates, SS cards, ID cards, or school records)
  • A copy of your lease, mortgage, bill, or mail to confirm your county of residence.

Sign Up Online

Have questions? Contact Jada Smith - 812-202-5090

Counties covered: Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey (as needed), and Gibson (as needed)