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This year has been hard for hundreds of thousands of families across the country. For those struggling to pay rent or put food on the table after a job loss, Christmas may seem out of reach. You can help The Salvation Army Rescue 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.
Holiday times are tough when you can?t afford a meal or gifts. The Salvation Army helps families make the holidays bright no matter what.
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 now. Secure contactless giving is available with Kettle Pay, but the pandemic means there are fewer red kettles and fewer shoppers out and about. Thankfully you can donate any time you see the tap to pay logos! Plus, from September 14 - January 31, you can help Rescue Christmas by becoming a fundraiser or donating through our Online Red Kettle.
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.
We collect new or gently used coats and winter gear for families in need. 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. If your group is interested in hosting a coat or winter warmth drive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. Several community centers will have to-go meals this year to provide holiday spirit in a safe manner.