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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 find our Angel Trees at various Wal-Mart/Sam's Club locations, the Battlefield Mall and other supporting businesses. 

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 on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

We also provide a Christmas dinner voucher to struggling families during our Gifts of The Season Program Sign Ups Toys And Food Distribution Program. 

Gifts of the Season - Toy Shop and Christmas Food Assistance - Sign Ups
We are gearing up for our Gifts of the Season of 2022: 

Volunteers Needed! December 15, 2022 - 8:00 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 7 – November 11 and November 14- November 18
Times: 9:00am—12:00pm AND 1:00-3:00pm.

Additionally, we will have one evening option available on:

Monday, Nov 7th from 5:00 pm—7:00 pm

Distribution for families will take place Thursday, December 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Distribution for seniors and disabled individuals will take place on Wednesday, December 14th 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

November 5, 2022 - Red Kettle Kick Off

Come celebrate as we kick off the 2022 Red Kettle season at Schweitzer Church! Kick Off will be at 7:00pm followed by a performance from the Chicago Staff Band.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at our various Red Kettle locations through December 24th!

November 5 + 6, 2022 - Chicago Staff Band

Join us at Schweitzer Church on Nov 5th at 6:00pm or Nov 6th at 9:00am and hear the wonderful music of the Chicago Staff Band and Republic Community Band!

November 15, 2022 - Angel Tree Kick Off

Be on the lookout for one of our many Angel Trees to donate gifts for children in need! Donations are accepted through December 12th

November 17, 2022 - KY3 Ring Day

KY3 employees will be ringing the bell all day and will be doing the news live at the kettle.

November 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving Lunch

From 11:30 am-1:00pm we serve lunch to anyone in need. Volunteers are needed from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

December 2, 2022 - Evangel Christmas Concert

Bring a canned food item and enjoy an amazing concert at Evangel University in Spence Chapel at 7:00 pm.

December 3, 2022 - Village Inn Toy Drive

Bring a monetary or toy donation to Village Inn on Glenstone between 7am - 1pm and receive a free meal!

December 3, 2022 - Pinegar Match Day

Pinegar Advantage and an anonymous donor will be matching our Kettle donations on this day up to $20,000!

December 15, 2022 - Distribution Day

Experience the joy of helping families get toys and food vouchers for Christmas. Contact us at (417) 862-5509 for times to volunteer!

December 19-24, 2022 - Bass Pro Match Week

Every dollar donated at one of the three local Bass Pro doors will be matched up to $25,000 this week! Please donate or volunteer to ring!

December 24, 2022 - Help us close out the Christmas season!

We appreciate everyone who has rang!

December 25, 2022 - Christmas Lunch

From 11:30 am-1:00pm we serve lunch to anyone in need. Volunteers are needed from 10:00 am -2:00 pm.

For more information:

Call: (417) 862-5509
Email: Jeff Smith: jw.smith@usc.salvationarmy.org or Brooks Matthews at:  brooks.matthews@usc.salvationarmy.org

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