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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.

"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 or Register to Ring now. From October 1 - January 31st, join the Fight for Good by donating through our Online Red Kettle.

For assistance with the ON-LINE Fundraiser, please contact Jeff at: 417-862-5509 ext 110 or email him at: jw.smith@usc.salvationarmy.org

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. 

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program allows donors to purchase gifts and clothes for families in need, making their holidays brighter. You can shop online from the comfort and safety of your home or opt to shop in-person. In fact, from October 15 until December 11, you may shop our online Walmart Registry for Good Angel Tree. Please consider being an angel for a child or family in need this Christmas. Groups, businesses and families are welcome!

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. Christmas 2021 Annual Christmas Dinner

Gifts of the Season
We are gearing up for our Gifts of the Season - Christmas 2021 Toys and Food Distribution Program.

Volunteers Needed! December 16, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We are inviting families with children aged 16 yrs. and younger, the disabled and senior citizens to sign up for our Gifts of the Season Program.

This year we will be offering toys and food as well as the Blessings of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. We are expecting hundreds of households to sign up for Christmas Assistance this year!

The following items need to be brought with you when you apply:

  1. Valid Photo ID for person applying.
  2. Social Security Cards for each person in the household.
  3. Proof of address with applicant’s name; Monthly bill, (utility, phone, bank) dated: September, October or November or a Copy of your current lease or Section 8 paperwork.
  4. If you are disabled, you must bring your award letter for verification.

The Salvation Army will be assisting:

  • Families with children age 16 and under
  • Households with seniors age 60 and up
  • Households with disabled individuals

Serving those who reside in Christian and Greene Counties.

WHERE: 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway

Sign-up times are as follows:
Dates: November 15 – November 19
Times: 9:00am—12:00pm AND 1:00-3:00pm.

Additionally, we will have one evening option available on:

Monday, Nov 15th from 5:00 pm—7:00 pm

Distribution for families will take place Thursday, December 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Distribution for seniors and disabled individuals will take place on Wednesday, December 15th from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Appointment times are given at sign-up. Assistance is available to Greene & Christian County residents.

The Salvation Army does participate in the local clearing house to prevent duplication. Families or individuals who duplicate services will unfortunately be disqualified from receiving services.

Serving those who reside in Christian and Greene Counties.

Events

Chick-Fil-A - W. Sunshine Ring Week

From this last Saturday until Saturday the November 20th

We will be ringing the bell at the drive thru - Come out and see us - we will be there 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through this Saturday - the 20th!

KY3 Ring Day

Thursday, November 18, 2021

5am - 5pm - Main Door Entrance

They will be ringing the bell all day and will be doing the news live at the kettle.

Thanksgiving Day:

This Holiday Season we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome as we give thanks for what we of us has been given!

You can find us at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway at our Corps!

If you would like to volunteer, please call us at: 417-862-5509.

We will need volunteers the day of from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and we will need volunteers the day before from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help slice and pack pies!

Shop Local Give Local - Small Business Saturday:

Saturday, November 27th - The Salvation Army will be ringing the bells at the following select locations in honor of Small Business Saturday - Come out to support our local businesses and visit the Red Kettles as we help Hope to March On

  • The Brent Wood Shopping Center - South and North -
    • At Brentwood North, kettles will be outside the Army’s recruiter’s office and the Brentwood offices
    • At Brentwood South, kettles will be outside Nothing Bundt Cases and Tuesday Morning
  • Walnut Street
    • Corner of Walnut and Jefferson Street near A Cricket in the House
    • Corner of Walnut and South Street in front of the Riad Restaurant next to Marias Mexican Restaurant
  • Commercial Street 
    • Outside the Historic Firehouse No 2
    • Next to Pizza House

Evangel University 37th Annual Christmas Concert

  • Friday, December 3rd, 7pm 
    • At Evangel University Robert H Spence Chapel

Join us for the 37th Annual Christmas Concert!

Cost of admission is canned goods and/or monetary donations to the Springfield Salvation Army.

This concert will feature the University Chorus, University Chorale, Men's & Women's Ensembles, Symphonic Band w/ University Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and HeartSong. It will be a night you won't want to miss!

Pinegar Honda Match Day

This holiday season join Pinegar Honda Saturday, December 4th as they work to help support our community. Pinegar Honda will donate $100 for every $20 bill dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle - located in Greene and Christian Counties - up to $10,000 to help raise funds for the Salvation Red Kettle 2021 Campaign.

An anonymous donor has added another $5,000 to make the total match opportunity $15,000!

The Salvation Army wishes to thank Don Wessel Honda for starting the Match Day tradition many years ago. These crucial funds go a long way to support our on-going, year-round programs, which support our neighbors in need.

Village In Toy Drive and The Salvation Army Toy Drive Breakfast

2036 N. Glenstone Store Only

Village Inn will be hosting their annual Toy Drive for the Salvation Army Saturday, December 5th at Village Inn located at 2036 S. Glenstone. Village Inn will give a free breakfast to anyone who brings in a new toy or a monetary donation.

The toys will be given away on December 16th at The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Distribution to families in need. The families, senior citizens and disabled individuals will also be receiving a gift certificate to our local Price Cutter stores for their Christmas meal.

  • Saturday, December 4th
  • 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Free Breakfast with a new toy donation or monetary donation to the Salvation Army

Red Kettle Rally

Join us for our First Ever - Red Kettle Rally this Friday, December 10th at your local Sam’s Club located on El Camino Alto.

Do you want to meet KEVIN from 98.7 The Dove THIS FRIDAY?!

It's RED KETTLE SEASON and our RED KETTLE RALLY sponsor of the week is your local Springfield Sam’s Club.

Kevin from 98.7 The Dove will be ringing the red bell FRIDAY from 11am-1pm at the El Camino Alto Sam’s Club location!

Come out to Sam’s for your favorite purchases, donate to the red kettle, and meet Kevin!

Can’t make it to Sam’s Friday, then visit our Virtual Red Kettle and help us to fill our Virtual Red Kettle for the Springfield Salvation Army. You can find it here at: https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/team/391634

You can also visit Sam’s online at: samsclub.com

 

BUCKET BLITZ

December 15 through December 25, 2021. Donate in with the Red Kettle or Online here .

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A special message from Kevin with 98.7 The Dove:

Kevin Howard here. Join me Friday at Sam’s Club on El Camino Alto from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the Red Kettle Rally to support the Springfield Salvation Army. Stop by, donate to help the Salvation Army spread holiday cheer, and enjoy great deals with Sam’s Club Members only savings on groceries, appliances, tech, auto parts and tires and more. These savings are also available at Sam’s Club on East Sunshine. It all happens at the Red Kettle Rally for the Salvation Army this Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sam’s Club on El Camino Alto Street. See you there!

A special message from our local Sam’s Clubs:

Shop with Sam’s Club where we will help you “Bring The Merry”.  December instant saving, with over $3,000 in offers, are coming in clutch right in time for the holiday season.  Whether you are crossing off your gift list or picking up your everyday go-dos, there’s tons of chances to save. More time with friends and family is exactly what you need this holiday season. Skip the line with scan & Go, shop online or use our curbside pick-up service and get back what matters most. Sam’s Club. Expect something special.

 

Taco Bell Yes We CANned Food Drive - December 11, 2021

PROVIDE LUNCH, GET SOME CRUNCH! Make a canned donation to any Springfield Taco Bell location on Saturday, December 11 and receive a free taco card!
 
The canned food drive will directly benefit our local food pantry serving those in need here in Greene and Christian counties!
 
Yes WE CANned Food Drive – Make a Canned Food Donation to Our Taco Bell locations here in Springfield on December 11th and Receive a Free Taco Card!
 
The Canned Food Drive Will Directly Benefit The Springfield Salvation Army And Will Help Those In Need In Our Area.
 
1 Free Taco Card per can of food donated. Offer valid only at participating Taco Bell restaurants in Springfield, MO owned and operated by K-Mac Enterprises, While supplies last. Expires 12/11/2021.

Match Day at the Red Kettles

  • Saturday December 4th
  • All Red Kettles in Greene and Christian Counties
  • More Details to Come 

Christmas Toy Shop Distribution:

  • Thursday, December 16th

Bass Pro Match Week

  • Monday, December 20th-24th

Bass Pro Shops Announces Dollar-for-Dollar Match At The Salvation Army Red Kettles - Located at their Springfield, MO Retail Locations

Every dollar donated to the Red Kettles outside Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo. starting on Monday, December 20th through Christmas Eve at 2:00 p.m. will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 by our generous friends at Bass Pro Shops, which will greatly assist us in reaching our $1,060,000 Red Kettle 2021 Campaign Need.

These crucial funds will go a long way to support our on-going, year-round programs that help our neighbors in need.

WHERE: Bass Pro Shops Red Kettles – The main door, the south door off of Cherokee street and the Bass Pro Catalog Store located at 2011 S. Campbell Street.

WHEN: Monday, December 20th through Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24th)

The Kettles will be out at Bass Pro Shops: 9am – 7pm Monday through Thursday and 9am – 2pm Christmas Eve.

We are so grateful for Bass Pro Shops generosity, they are a great community partner! Their help will help brighten Christmas and the months to come for thousands of individuals here in Greene and Christian Counties!

 

2021 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER

Christmas Day from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 

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