Help The Salvation Army “Rescue Christmas” for the Most Vulnerable in Metro Omaha

Sep 16, 2020

Though temperatures are still toasty and the leaves have yet to turn, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Salvation Army! Recently Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert signed a proclamation recognizing and supporting the launch of The Salvation Army’s nationwide campaign “Rescue Christmas,” which she presented to Major Greg Thompson, Salvation Army Western Divisional Commander, at City Hall.

Why so early with our “Seasons Greetings,” you might wonder? Because the devastating and widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means more people than ever will need our help to ensure there are gifts under the tree and food on the table this holiday season.

The Salvation Army often serves as a “last resort” for our most vulnerable neighbors, and during the pandemic, we’ve seen need increase exponentially, particularly in the areas of food and material assistance. Case in point: last month one of our backpack distribution events ran out of stock, handing out nearly 1,000 backpacks in just 3 hours. We’re expecting a similar high demand for food and material assistance as we transition to the Christmas season.

You’ll start to spot The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles around town beginning in November, but until then, you might see and hear our “Rescue Christmas” messages on the radio and on network and cable television channels, as well as on video-streaming services.

This year your support will be more important than ever. Here are some ways you can help “Rescue Christmas” for your metro neighbors in need this holiday season:  

  • Make an online donation.

  • Launch your own “Rescue Christmas” mini fundraising campaign with friends or colleagues. Visit for details on how to get started.

  • Sign up to serve as a Salvation Army volunteer. Learn more here.

  • Help us spread the word about “Rescue Christmas” by sharing one (or more!) of our posts on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you for helping The Salvation Army “Rescue Christmas” for thousands of metro-area individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet. Your support ensures that hope will continue to be greater than fear this season and always.

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