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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.
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."Read More
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.”Read More
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."Read More
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”Read More
Individuals and families across Kansas and Western Missouri have experienced additional hardships as a result of COVID-19:
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
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:
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.
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.