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

The holidays bring added financial and emotional stress to families living in poverty.

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmastime.

The Salvation Army celebrates Christmas by spreading hope, love and joy to the less fortunate members of society. As families gather together to count their blessings, they wish each other glad tidings and experience children's unbridled happiness. 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, The Salvation Army works to assist the whole person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.

Make Christmas Merry. You can help.

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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 employee and volunteers. Click here to learn more.

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. To learn more click here.

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 holiday meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. Each box feeds a family of six, and includes meat, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, biscuits, cake mix and more. Several community centers also host holiday meals at their locations. To learn more click here.

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Holidays are bright
with a special meal.

The Salvation Army provides special holiday meals for more than 19,000 families each year.

When you donate to The Salvation Army, you help provide a special holiday meal for a family in need.Donate now.

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Red Kettles
make the holidays bright.

When you volunteer to ring a bell for two hours, your efforts can feed a family of four.

Volunteer as a bellringer at a red kettle this holiday season and make a difference with just a flick of your wrist and a smile.
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Be an Angel
for a child in need.

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division distributes more than 250,000 toys, gifts and clothing during the holiday season.

Be an Angel Tree Donor and make Christmas brighter. Sign Up today.

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