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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.

Ring Bells Here

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmastime.

Last year, 1181 children and adults received Christmas gifts. 400 families received Christmas dinners and 1020 families had Thanksgiving dinners because the community worked with us to provide what was needed. This year, we invite you to join us again to help.

The Salvation Army celebrates the birth of Christ by spreading His hope, love, and joy to the less fortunate members of society. 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.

Ringing into Christmas

"My daughter, Neelie and I were ringing bells and a woman pulled out a $100 bill in memory of her father who gave every year but passed away. She was carrying on his tradition of donating $100 to a kettle each year. She got all teary-eyed while telling us his story. What a fantastic way to honor her father. We were astounded by her generosity. Neelie and I will be back Christmas Eve to get some more into those kettles!" - Beckye, Fond du Lac

How we help brighten the holidays

Upwards of 5000 people in 1300 households in Fond du Lac come to us each month, struggling to provide the food, basic hygiene, and toiletry items we all need to stay healthy and comfortable. For these people and for others like them, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring added hardship. We work to assists the whole person through gifts that serve the mind, body, and soul.

We provide:

  • New or gently used winter coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens 
  • Snow pants (in good repair)
  • Access to personal care
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Showers with towels and hygiene supplies
  • Christmas toys

Please donate the following items to help us make the holidays brighter for those in need in the Fond du Lac community:

soapshampootoilet paper

feminine hygiene supplies

disposable razorscleaning supplieslaundry soap
diapersfacial tissuefurry slipper socks
fashion socksboard and group gamesbooks
movie ticketsearbuds/headphonesgift certificates
flannel sheetshand towelscandles
whole roaststurkeyshams


Toys for Tots

Christmastime is a special time of celebration. For more than 128 years, The Salvation Army has shared Christmas mealtime items, toys for children up to 16 years and practical gifts for adults including seniors and veterans. We share toys with young people up to 16 yrs. and under; practical gifts with adults and items for a traditional Christmas meal. And we have helped: businesses, organizations and churches host collections during their operating hours and our Administration Office collects Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Toys for tots are welcome as are these items in addition to toys: furry slipper socks, fashion socks, waterproof gloves, board and family games, books, movie tickets, cookbooks, crock pots, earbuds, headphones, flannel sheets, and hand towels.

Drop Off Locations
(Until December 9)

  • Ascension Lutheran Church
  • FDLPL Express
  • Wink Chiropractic Wellness Center
  • Culver's (Pioneer Rd)
  • Culvers (E. Johnson St.)
  • Festival Foods 
  • Pick 'n Save (Pioneer Rd)
  • Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
  • Memorial Baptist Church
  • Salem United Methodist Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Papa Murphy's
  • Sunny 97-7
  • KFIZ
  • US Bank
  • Burger King
  • Hometown Bank
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Walgreens (Main St.)
  • Verve Credit Union
  • Dental Associates
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Store
  • Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Spillman Public Library
  • Lakeland Care
  • Laclare Family Creamery
  • Silica For Your Home
  • Fox Valley Savings Bank
  • Society Insurance
  • International Paper
  • Interior Systems
  • Shopko
  • Rehab Arisces
  • FDL Airport
  • Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Menards
  • Wells Vehicle Electronics
  • Autumn's Closet
  • Walgreens (Pioneer Rd.)

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For more information on bell ringing and other ways you can assist during the holidays

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