Christmas Assistance – Serve

Need Knows No Season
The Salvation Army works to assure a happier holiday season for those in need through several seasonal assistance programs.

Angel Tree gives individuals and partnering corporations an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children, seniors and disabled adults and provide personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season. Donors can be confident that their gifts go directly, and without excessive overhead, to those who are truly needy since all Salvation Army Angels and are not served by other holiday assistance programs.

The Angel Tree Adopt-A-Family program matches special needs families with sponsors who are able to assist them not only with holiday gifts, but also with more urgent needs. These families may be those dealing with chronic or terminal illness, loss of their home due to a fire or other emergency circumstances.

Three other holiday programs also care for those in special circumstances. Through the League of Mercy, Salvation Army officers and volunteers make holiday visits and bring small gifts to cheer nursing home residents who have little contact with family or friends.  The Prison Ministry program provides gifts and necessities to needy families of those who are incarcerated.  And those in need who are hungry for food and fellowship are invited to Thanksgiving and Christmas Day feasts each year at Nashville Salvation Army. These holiday dinners have been a Salvation Army tradition since our founding in 1865, and Salvation Army officers, staff and community volunteers welcome all who have no “home for the holiday” to share a meal and the spirit of the season.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance program depends on generous gifts and contributions from caring and concerned individuals who want to help their fellow citizens.

For many, Salvation Army holiday assistance is much more than a gift of clothing or toys or a meal.  Often long-term needs are identified through this first contact, and The Salvation Army can then help families find more permanent solutions to their problems.