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Holiday expenses can put a strain on an already-tight budget, which is why The Salvation Army offers several Christmas Assistance programs to help individuals and families in need bridge the gap.
The Adopt-A-Family Radiothon is a partnership between The Salvation Army and Star 104.5 FM that matches community members and agencies with families and seniors in need to ensure they have gifts under the tree on Christmas. Since the radiothon began in 2000, the Omaha community has helped more than 37,000 families and seniors through this program. Adopt a family this year.
Each year, local businesses in the Omaha metro serve as angel tree locations to ensure that thousands of children ages newborn to 18 have gifts to open on Christmas Day. Help make the holiday special – be an angel for someone in need this year.
Families with children ages 15 and under register for this gift program and then “shop” at The Salvation Army’s Toyland Days in December to pick out gifts for their children. (Amid the pandemic in 2020, the distribution/"shopping" portion of the Toyland program will be changed to a contactless, drive-thru format in order to maximize everyone's safety.) Families also receive a food voucher to a local grocery store so they can purchase ingredients for their holiday meal (individuals and families without children ages 15 and under are eligible for the food vouchers). Call 402-898-7700 for more information.
For more than 25 years, this unique program, which is supported in part by donations to The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign, has provided a way for incarcerated parents to give their children a handwritten holiday card and a gift at Christmas.
A large percentage of the funding that supports The Salvation Army’s human needs programs in the Omaha metro comes directly from donations to our iconic red kettles during the holiday season. Bell ringing for The Salvation Army is a great way to celebrate the holidays and make a lasting impact on our community at the same time. Register to Ring today.
The cost of purchasing a turkey and all the trimmings can add up, which is why The Salvation Army offers TurkeyFest for Omaha seniors in need. Volunteer to help cook hundreds of turkeys at the Kroc Center on Wednesday evening or help deliver Thanksgiving meals on Thursday morning. Call 402-898-6000 for more information or to sign up to volunteer.
From the beginning of December until the end of February, volunteers on our Winter Night Watch mobile canteens distribute hot meals as well as coats, hats, gloves, socks and blankets five nights a week to men, women and children in need – many of whom are homeless. The program, now in its 32nd year, provides approximately 11,000 meals and hundreds of winter outerwear items each season. Volunteers are needed to serve food and distribute winter clothing and blankets on the two nightly route, as well as to sort donations in the weeks prior. Learn more about the Winter Night Watch program.