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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.

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmastime.

The Salvation Army celebrates Christmas by spreading hope, love and joy to the less fortunate members of society. As families gather together to count their blessings, they wish each other glad tidings and experience children's unbridled happiness. From physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance, to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions, to spiritual guidance that provides healing and hope, The Salvation Army works to assist the whole person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.

Make Christmas Merry. You Can Help through our Online Red Kettle!

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The Salvation Army brightens the holiday season for those in need in our community through:

Red Kettles

The iconic Salvation Army 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 as a volunteer now. From October 1 - January 31st, join the Fight for Good by donating through our Online Red Kettle.

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. Be an angel for a family in need this Christmas.

Coat Drives

For more than 25 years, The Salvation Army in Rockford has hosted the Koats for Kids Drive to collect and distribute new and gently used winter coats to needy children living in Winnebago County. Additionally, The Salvation Army partners on a divisional level with the Chicago Bears and Jewel-Osco to collect new or gently used winter coats for families.

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 facilities, and provide a Christmas dinner box to struggling families. Each box feeds a family of six, and includes meat, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, biscuits, cake mix and more. Contact us for more information.

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Holidays are bright
with a special meal.

The Salvation Army provides special holiday meals for more than 19,000 families each year.

When you donate to The Salvation Army, you help provide a special holiday meal for a family in need.Donate now.


Red Kettles
make the holidays bright.

When you volunteer to ring a bell for two hours, your efforts can feed a family of four.

Volunteer as a bellringer at a red kettle this holiday season and make a difference with just a flick of your wrist and a smile.
Register to Ring.


Be an Angel
for a child in need.

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division distributes more than 250,000 toys, gifts and clothing during the holiday season.

Be an Angel Tree Donor and make Christmas brighter. Sign Up today.


Is this your first time ringing bells at The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles? Or, maybe you'd like a quick refresher on best practices?

Check out the video below for some bell ringing tips.

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