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Smiles Make the Greatest Gifts

Providing physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance,
to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.

1073 Vigo County Families/3546 Individuals served Christmas 2017


How we help brighten the holidays


Community Clearinghouse
Low-Income families that sign up for Christmas Assistance through The Salvation Army gain access to a variety of Christmas Programs in Vigo County. Selection for these programs begin after all intake is completed. Families may be chosen to receive a gift program through one of our community partners, including the Marine's Toys for Tots, the Police Department's Shop with a Cop, Bikes for Tykes, or Catholic Charities' Christmas Store.  Families may also be chosen to receive Christmas Dinner assistance through the Tribune Star or the West Vigo Community Center. Eligibility requirements vary by program and assistance is limited to no more than one gift program and one food program per household.

The Adopt-A-Family program is run by The Salvation Army. Local donors, including individuals, churches, businesses, and nonprofits, are matched with a needy family to provide specific wish list gifts, clothing, and Christmas food assistance. Donors typically find joy in shopping for a family during the Christmas season. If you are interested in adopting a family this Christmas, we prefer that you contact us by November 1.

Christmas Food Assistance
The Salvation Army provides some Christmas Food Assistance to needy families.

2018 Christmas Intake Dates

October 15-18: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, October 17 Also 4pm-6pm
October 22-25: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, October 24 Also 4pm-6pm

*Families that sign up after October 25th will only be eligible for Toys for Tots*





Eligibility Guidelines

  • Picture Identification for All Adults Living in Household
  • Proof of Vigo County Address for All Adults Living in Household
  • Proof of Income for All Adults Living in Household (Must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level)
  • Social Security Cards for All Household Members
  • Birth Date Verification for All Children under 17 Living in Household

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