Give the Gift of Time

Dec 1, 2023

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference this Christmas, consider volunteering for The Salvation Army. Special events and activities abound during the holiday season! There are several meaningful ways you can help neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.

Give back to your community by:

Ringing a bell next to an iconic Salvation Army red kettle. Your presence draws attention to this easy way for the public to make a financial donation. All the money that goes into the red kettle stays in the zip code where it was given. Those funds support a variety of programs and services that are offered all year round. Sign up and pick the day, time and location that works best for you. 

Helping with The Angel Tree toy distribution. Sorting, organizing, and preparing Christmas gifts for pick-up is a lot of work. The Salvation Army staff can’t do it on their own. They rely on volunteers to lend a hand to expedite the distribution process for families who are receiving donated toys. This event provides gifts for children who would otherwise go without anything under the tree. Contact the location nearest you for details. 

Packing food boxes and/or serving meals to individuals and families. Sometimes people must make difficult choices, like whether to pay a bill or buy Christmas presents. By providing food and hot meals, The Salvation Army can temporarily alleviate that burden, and make sure individuals and families receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy. Contact the location nearest you for details.

Spending time in service to others can create a sense of purpose and appreciation while teaching valuable skills. Many Salvation Army volunteers sign up to serve alongside family members, friends, co-workers, and other social groups. Working towards a shared goal can create a sense of teamwork and accomplishment.

But volunteering doesn’t have to be a one-time activity. Some people find giving their time is a great way to increase their social interaction on a regular basis and build a support system based on common interests.

Remember, time is a gift from God, and it doesn’t last forever. Use it wisely to help spread joy and hope throughout the year. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in The Salvation Army Central Territory.

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