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This year the need is greater for those facing poverty, hunger and job loss.

But, you can give hope when you help rescue Christmas for those in need.

This year, millions of Americans have been impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing unprecedented need. The Salvation Army has responded and will continue to respond, in order to serve the evolving needs of the most vulnerable. As we look ahead to the holiday season, we know the need will only continue to grow, as will the need for financial support.

Your help now will ensure a Christmas for thousands of families across the Kansas and Western Missouri Division. From the urban core of Kansas City, Mo. to the rural communities in Kansas, no one is unaffected by this international crisis. Together, we can make difference here at home.

With more people facing hardship this year, the need to serve those most vulnerable is greater than ever.

The best way to ensure that services continue is to enlist in Love’s Army with a sustaining monthly gift.

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Stories of Neighbors in Need

Boxes of Hope

For families struggling to put food on the table, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Church of Later-Day Saints distributed more than 800 boxes of food in just one day.

“We're absolutely overwhelmed and grateful for so many people to take time out of their day to help people they don't know."

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A Kitchen on Wheels

When people in need can't come to The Salvation Army, we can go to them. Our mobile kitchens allow us to reach more than 100 people in just one evening.

“We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls; we know the need is there.”

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The Face of Need

If you think you know the face of need in your community, you may want to think again. The Salvation Army is seeing a new population seeking assistance. And we are there for them.

“They’re the ones who don’t have any idea how this works because they’ve never had assistance."

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Strength in Family

When Salvation Army locations had to temporarily halt in-person worship services, we worked hard to make sure our most vulnerable members were not left to survive quarantine on their own

“I can’t say where I’d be without the food I’ve been getting from The Salvation Army”

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This year, millions of Americans have been impacted by COVID-19 and are experiencing unprecedented need.

The need is greater than ever.

Individuals and families across Kansas and Western Missouri have experienced additional hardships as a result of COVID-19:

  • Nearly half of low-income Americans report that they or someone in their household has experienced some sort of income loss1. We are serving a new population of families who have never needed us before.
  • With unemployment rates expected to be between 10 to 11%2, millions of parents will be looking for work come Christmastime.
  • With 32% of Americans owing money for missed rent or mortgage payments, we anticipate a substantial increase in requests for emergency financial help such as rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance.3
  • An estimated 30-40 million people in America are at risk of eviction.4

In these trying times, more people than ever before need hope and healing. To date, more than 800,000 people have received emotional and spiritual care from our trained professionals.

1Pew Research Center
2Wall Street Journal
1MSNBC, Apartment List Survey Aspen Institute
2Aspen Institute

Our ability to raise vital funds to serve those in need is at risk this year.

This year, we could see up to a 50% decrease in funds raised through the iconic Red Kettles due to the following reasons caused by COVID-19:

  • Disruptions to our normal fundraising and revenue streams have left us significantly impacted.
  • Closing of retail stores
  • 62% of consumers are carrying less cash and coins1
  • Less foot traffic in/at stores
  • Unemployment rate increasing

Many places across the country where more than 30,000 Red Kettles are typically put out may no longer be open. Additionally, canceled fundraising events and market volatility elevate the need for public support in order for The Salvation Army to meet the growing need at Christmas and in 2021.

1Axios, Visa

Although these challenges are unprecedented, The Salvation Army is committed to providing hope to those who need it this Christmas and beyond.

Thousands of people across the Midwest already rely on the generous donations given in their community, and we want to be able to continue helping them. It will take all of us to do it.

Economic pressures will force millions of parents to choose between things like rent or utilities and buying Christmas presents.

The Salvation Army is working hard to develop creative ways and partnerships that support the most vulnerable in our communities.

We are evolving services in response to COVID-19 to meet the unique needs of each community. This includes drive-through food pickups, communitybased food delivery through canteens, and meals at The Salvation Army.

Need help Brightening the Holidays?

We offer Christmas Assistance programs throughout the Midwest. Reach out to your Local Salvation Army today by using our location search feature.

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