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Holiday Assistance

Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance

Holidays can bring added financial and emotional stress to families and individuals living in poverty. Our Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance programs help alleviate this increased stress by meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our neighbors.

To maximize safety amid the pandemic, all assistance sign-ups will be online. No in-person sign-ups will be held this year.

Thanksgiving Baskets
Each year, The Salvation Army with the help of Avera McKennan employees, provides over 600 Thanksgiving Baskets to families in need. Families in need receive a box of non-perishable, traditional Thanksgiving food items, along with a gift certificate to purchase a turkey or other meat from a local grocery store.

This year, our Thanksgiving Basket Distribution will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19th, Friday, Nov. 20th and Saturday, Nov. 21st.  Extra hands are needed to assist clients as they check in, with locating the correct size basket for each family and with taking the baskets to peoples vehicles. Sign up to volunteer for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Basket assistance sign-ups have closed. If you are in need of assistance, please call 211. 


Christmas Assistance
Our Christmas Assistance program ensures there are gifts under the tree and food on the table for more than 1,200 families and individuals in our community each year. Families are invited to shop at our Toy Town to choose gifts for their children, and every registrant receives a voucher to purchase food at a local grocery store for their Christmas meal.

This year our Christmas Basket/Toy Town will take place on Monday, December 21st, Tuesday, December 22nd and Wednesday, December 23rd.  Extra hands are needed to assist parents as they shop through our Toy Shop and to assist parents to their vehicles with their selections. Sign up to volunteer for Christmas.

Christmas Assistance sign-ups will be available again on December 3 at 8 a.m.

Empire Mall Angel Tree
Each year, The Empire Mall lets us place our main toy collection tree at their facility.  The tree is located inside the mall in front of Macy’s.  Volunteers are needed to host the tree starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Learn more and volunteer for Angel Tree.
 

Bell Ringing
This year our bell ringing will look a little bit different. We will be asking volunteers to wear masks and maintain social distancing while greeting shoppers at various stores around our community.  Red Kettle Campaign 2020 will begin on Friday, Nov 13th. Register to ring today!

 

Help Those in Need

If you’d like to help those in need this holiday season, please consider donating food and/or baskets/totes for Thanksgiving baskets. Donations can be dropped off at our community center, 800 N. Cliff Avenue. See our suggested list of items to donate here.

Or help make a family’s Christmas special by making a monetary or toy donation through our Angel Tree program.