Find out about the ways you can bless or be blessed this holiday season
The Salvation Army and the holiday season go hand in hand. For families that need a helping hand this time of year, we're here to help. For people wishing to give from their blessings, we have many ways to get involved.
Receive Holiday Assistance
We offer assistance to families experiencing hardship through our Thanksgiving food distribution, and through our Angel Tree program, which provides toys and clothes for children under 12. You must apply for this assistance. Learn more about our Holiday Assistance and how to apply here.
The Salvation Army has many opportunities for volunteering during the holiday season. In fact, we depend on volunteers like you to help us reach thousands of people in need each year. You can ring a bell at one of our kettles, help us distribute Thanksgiving food at our pantry, or organize bags of Christmas gifts for children. More information about all of our holiday volunteering opportunities can be found here.
Be a Bell Ringer
The Salvation Army is perhaps best known for our annual Red Kettle Campaign, which raises funds for our local holiday assistance programs as well as for help for our neighbors in need year round. All funds raised stay in the community where they were given. You can be a part of this campaign by volunteering to ring a bell for as little as two hours. We have many kettle locations throughout Northeast Florida. Get more details about how you can be a bell ringer.
Can-U-Care Food Drive
Every year we give a Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings to more than 1,600 local families in need. A large amount of those trimmings come from our annual Can-U-Care food drive. Businesses, churches, and schools can collect non-perishable food items in Salvation Army barrels. We will deliver the empty barrels and will pick them up when they're full. If your group can help, call 904-301-4782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Angel Tree program provides new toys and clothing for more than 4,000 low-income children who might not otherwise receive Christmas gifts. Visit an Angel Tree location to sponsor a child. Complete details about the Angel Tree program will be available soon.