Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program – Gifts and Toys

By | August 9, 2015

If you are looking for Christmas assistance, this year, the Salvation Army provides help to needy families, by providing, food, gifts, and toys for kids. The Angel Tree makes a difference in the lives of low-income families.

NOTICE: Salvation Army is having sign up until Friday November 4, 2016

As a parent or guardian, you want your child to experience Christmas as a time of family and a time of joy and wonderment. Too many families, even working families cannot afford the extra experience of purchasing gifts and toys for the holiday.

It is sad to know that children all across America will wake up on Christmas morning to find they have received no toys of gifts. When parents lose a job and need help paying rent, or utilities, of course, toys go to the bottom of the list.

***Angel Tree Registration for the Christmas Toys Program is now closed. To get put on the Overflow List go to Toys for Tots find a location in your city .***

Thank goodness to all the state and local charities and independent programs that make Christmas possible for those who live in poverty. No child should be forgotten at during this time of the year.


Salvation Army Angel Tree – Toys for Christmas

You can help a child or family by donating to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. They provide Christmas assistance and toys for children and gifts for teens and seniors and families in need. This program is run by the generous donations from groups, organizations, and caring people like you! Your donations help these precious children each year!

Where to Find an Angel Tree

If your organization would like to host an Angel, go online to the corporate site and fill out a registration form and return it before October 17. Dates will vary in some states. Specify how many people your organization would like to help and attend a training.

You will receive a kit, including Angel’s tags for your tree. Decorate your tree appropriately for Christmas with lots of Angels, and advertise the event by e-mails, posters and lunch room bulletin boards. You can choose to adopt an Angel to help this Christmas. They can also use your help as a volunteer to work the Secret Santa Warehouse.

JCPenny and Angel Tree

JCPenny is a great supporter of the Angel Tree Program. They have made it easy to make online donations to this program. At Salvation Army website, you can create a giving group for your job, group or organization to adopt a group for Christmas giving to seniors, teen and, of course, children.

You can also locate a group or individual you have chosen to help with a donation. When purchasing a gift for Angel Tree from the site, you get free shipping. December 9th is the last day to donate a gift to an angel! *Christmas Charities Get Help for Christmas.

Am I Eligible for Christmas Assistance?

Of course, each Christmas assistance program has different requirement to receive help, the basic requirement is your income. If you receive help from one of the many government assistance programs, such as Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, etc. you probably qualify to get help.


Question: Can I sign up for more than one Christmas assistance program? These charities do not have one main database to determine who is registered for help. You may, however, be asked if you have registered with other charities for help. The reason for this is, they was to make sure every child or family that needs help get at least one gift.

Necessary Documentation to Receive Help

  • Proof of address (phone or utility bills, etc.)
  • Social Security card for each person requesting help
  • Proof of income, of documentation from the government assistance agency

How to Help a Charity

If you are looking for a charity to help this Christmas, you can sign with one of the Salvation Army registration locations in your city. In order to be eligible to receive the help, you must meet the federal qualifications and minimum poverty guidelines.


If you have registered to become an Angel, you name, age, gender, clothing and shoe sizes will be placed on a tag and hung on an Angel Tree located in a Mall, Company, Church or Organization. Those who want to participate will choose a tag from the tree, purchase the gifts and return them to the Salvation Army to sort and distribute to the Angels.

Contact the Salvation Army

To locate help in your area go online and look up, “The Salvation Army” and the name of your city, or do a 411 operator request for the number.

59 thoughts on “Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program – Gifts and Toys

  1. Adam Brewer

    I am a single disabled father of a 10 year old girl. Was trying to get assistance for her and I. Don’t know what to do. Please contact me 321-557-3775

  2. Jessica

    I never check email please call me 304-222-2822 I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old and a 3 mnth old was wondering if I could get assistance for the holiday on gifts .

  3. Angel jpnes

    I need help to get my kids and Christmas stories I don’t have no job and no money thank you

  4. Jeanine

    I am a mother 4 and I was wondering if I can get some help with toys. Or if you can’t help me can you tell me who can.. Thank you

  5. Christina McCoy

    Please help me give my children a decent Christmas,I lost my job and don’t know what to do! God bless

  6. Nicole

    Hello, I have contacted some of the charities listed and I was told that our income does not qualify for any help. Do you know of any charities that will help me? I have two children who will not have a Christmas again this year! I am 43 years old and I have stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. I also just found out that I have a large tumor in my right side of my heart. Most likely I will need open heart surgery and I will find out on December 10th 2015. I know this will be my last Christmas as I am to weak to make it. My son is 13 and he was born with Down Syndrome. My daughter is 17 and is my hero! I just would like to be able to buy them nice things. Keepsakes for my daughter. And my son has circled every electronic device made. Where can someone like me get help.? I am willing to volunteer my time , I just get tired quickly but will work as hard as I can!! If you know of any charities that can help would you please let me know. I have tried American Cancer Society and they do not help with this kind of needs.

  7. keishla Rivera

    Hi my name is keishla .I have 5 kids I not working. …..3 have conditions. ……I not now where ask for help…My phone number is 860 840 6227 I live in Hartford ct…

  8. lashawna gittens

    Hello my name is Lashawna I’m 27 I have 2 boys ages 2 and 6 yrs old. I am in housing, and my oldest boy started school this year so it’s been a little difficult. I was wondering if maybe we could receive a little help for Christmas this year. Thank you

  9. Laurie Tolbert

    PLease help me and my children on Christmas. we are living with our in-laws fir a very short time ,my husband and I don’t work .we have 3 boys age 14 yrs 17 yrs 24yrs please help us mt contact # is 267.252.0200 laurie tolbert

  10. Aida ortiz

    Soy madre soltera con tres niñas una de 5 Anitos y dos gemelas prematuras de tres mese se me hace difil trabajar para darle los regalito de mis hijas estas cavidades se lo agradecere

  11. Deborah Lowe

    I was wondering if maybe we could receive a little help for Christmas this year. I have 6kids. A 16 Boy and 7 Boy and too age 4 girls and a baby boy age 1 and a 96 year old grand mom . I don’t have a job and no money . I live in housing.

  12. Deborah Lowe

    I need help for Christmas me and 6kids and a 86year old grand mom

  13. fran

    im a single mum with a young daughter age 10 we r reslly fining it hard as xmas is coming and I cant efford to buy my girl present for xmas as im on esa suffer with depression n I just left a violent relationship just need some help olease not for mre but for my daughter

  14. Rita

    Hi my name is Rita,and I’m a single mom with 5 kids and I’m on a fix income I been looking for work and filled out appreciate now for 8 mo no calls back or not hiring at this time.. It’s been hard every holiday for my family I have little help from my mom but she don’t get that much income my dad passed away some years ago so its just us now trying to make it.. I need little help if it’s possible I have 3 teen 16, 15, 13, and a 8 and 3 year old with the little I get it doesn’t get that much for Christmas so if you can help our family we will love that and will be blessed, thanks Rita.

  15. Trina Wallace

    I am a single mother that need a little help with christmas this year if you can please find it in your heart to help me I would greatly appreciated, I dont have any family.

  16. Becky McGowen

    Hi,

    I have two children under 18, a daughter 17 and a son 12. I am stating a new job on the 16 of November. Unfortunately the pay period is from mid month to mid month and pays on last day of the month, So, I will only have a two week paycheck in November and won’t get paid again until December 31. Not only will I have trouble making my required bills I will have no money for Chirstmas. My children have no living grandparents and the rest of my relatives all live in the midwest. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You!!

  17. tricia

    I am a single mother of a 6 yr old son and i am also 32 weeks pregnant. I lost my job due to my pregnancy and would love help if there is any available in Fenton MO. I am afraid that i cant give my son christmas presents all the money i recieve goes towards bills and rent.

  18. Angelica Abarca

    Hi im in need for THANKSGIVING and Christmas I have 5 kidz im unemployed and my boyfriend works but it only gets us by every mounth he dosent get payed inuff for Christmas please help me and my family.

  19. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Angelica, I know how difficult it can be when dealing with a limited amount of finances. When you have children it increases the burden. They deserve to feel safe, secure and have their needs met. There are a few agencies that can help with food, as well as toys and emergency services. Please click on the highlighted links above and contact the agencies there. Good luck to you and your family.

  20. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hello Tricia, thanks for contacting Free Financial Help. First of all, it is illegal to fire a woman for being pregnant; but I don’t know all the particulars of your situation. Please contact Legal Aid, as you may have a case. I hope you have applied for TANF and WIC for your family. Also contact the agencies in the articles posted below for help for Christmas and other bills. Good luck.

    Free Toys for Christmas
    Low Income Heat Energy Assistance
    Charities that Help for Christmas
    How to Apply for SNAP

  21. Tonya Cummins

    what if we don’t have social security are for everyone in the house old, If we don’t get some help for Christmas our two children will not have a Christmas.

  22. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Hi Becky, congratulations on you new job. Please contact the agencies in the post below. All help is based on income. Be prepared to present ids for all the children, proof of income and address. (there is a cut off age for children) Good luck.

    Christmas Charities

  23. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    LAURIE, please contact the charities listed below for assistance. The Christmas program is designed to help low-income children with toys. If you have other needs such as clothes, food, etc. these charities can help. Some program even help with security deposits for a new home or apartment.

    Assistance Programs

  24. lisa

    Is it to late to sign up anywhere for help with Christmas… It’s pay or bills and rent and have no Christmas or have a Christmas with out water and lights… Our water bill is extremely high and we’ve been paying what we can. I had a leak that made my bill sky rocket. Please if I didn’t need help I would ask… Id rather go without if someone else needs something more than myself.

  25. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Thank you much for writing Lisa. You did not specify what city you live. If you are about to have your utilities turned off, please contact Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army. If you have a turn off notice take it with you to the charity. They will contact the utility company to let them know they are helping you will the bill. They can also help with food, and clothing. Also call 311 to find out where you can get emergency assistance in you city.

  26. Kristin mitchell

    Hi was wondering if it’s too late to get Christmas assistance for my 4 children I love in Taylor Michigan 48180 thanks in advance

  27. Pamela Wilson-Lipscomb Post author

    Kristin, I am sorry to say that registration is closed for the free toy programs. Try calling some community churches to see if they can help.

  28. REBECCA L.QUINTERO

    HELLO MY NAME IS REBECCA QUINTERO AND IM HOMELESS AND I AM IN NEED OF FINANIAL HELP FOR MY RENT ON MY STORAGE BECAUSE I AM ABOUT TO LOOSE EVERYTHING I OWN AND THATS ALL THAT I HAVE LEFT OF MY ITEMS I HAVE BEEN SICK AND IN ALOT OF PAIN AND GOING BACK AND FORTH TO THE DOCTORS OFFICE. .ALSO MY PHONE IS ABOUT TO BE SHUT OFF BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE THE FUNDS TO PAY THESE THINGS AND ITS VERY HARD TO TRY TO CATCH UP WITH THESE BILLS I WAS SUPPOSE TO PAY THEM BY THE 28TH OF DECEMBER. ….I HAVE BEEN UNDER AN ENORMESS AMOUT OF STRESS OVER THESE BILLS THAT I CANT AFFORD TO PAY RIGHT NOW. ..CAN SOME ONE PLEASE ADVICE ME OR TELL ME WHO I CAN CALL OR GET IN TOUCH WITH TO HELP ME WITH MY SITUATION PLEASE….CAN SOMEONE CONTACT ME ?ASAP..MY PHONE NUMBER IS ( 619) 241-9488 AND I LIVE IN SAN DIEGO, CA

  29. Tina Bushinski

    I’m a single recently widowed mother of a 7 soon to be 8 yr old son he turns 8. 5 days before school starts I’m looking for just a little help with clothes and shoes to get him started with both birthday and school it’d going to be hard plus he hit a big growth spurt hand me downs are welcome he is willing to use the backpack i used when I was taking cna classes last year if anyone knows of where I can get a little bit of help please email me he starts school Aug 23

  30. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Tina. Can you tell us what state you live in, so we can further direct you. As far as school supplies please read the article on Free Back to School Supplies. I will suggest you contact the larger denominational church in your town like, the Catholic Church, Synagogues, Major Baptist churches. Also, contact United Way for suggestions for your area.

  31. Ebony Walker

    Im a young female in the help of school supplies for two young boys please help

  32. Free Financial Post author

    Hi, Eboni, please read the article on how to get Free School Supplies. Eboni, also contact you children’s school and tell them you need help with supplies. They can also direct you to who is in charge of this at school. Good luck.

  33. Latiesha A Brown

    My name is Latiesha Brown in a single mother and i have 5 kids i am looking for help with school clothes and items for Christmas thanks in advance

  34. Lora Miller

    Blessings, Please if you could help me with these items for my ten-year-old daughter it would be very appreciative. She is in the fifth grade we are low-income single parent Items she needs for school are 3, 5 subject notebooks, 4 folders with pockets, 3, 1subject notebooks, 1, yellow pack of markers, 1 pack of pencils, 1 pack of colored markers, 3 poster boards for presentations, 1 pack of the Eraser markers and an eraser, 1 pack of erasers, 2 packs of typing paper, 3 packs of notebook paper. She also is in my ear about a computer she would like a used desktop computer for homework. Feel free to text my phone or and call me or write, your choice of contacting us. If you can help we really appreciate it we thank you so much. Thank you for at least listening to our cry. Blessings L. Miller

  35. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Lora. Keep in mind that the programs that help with school supplies have limited resources. There are many children needing help. I would suggest you contact the Salvation Army who help with supplies and school uniforms and supplies, and backpacks. Contact them right way. Also contact your child’s school to let them know you needs helps with supplies. There are program that offer computers to families with children in school. Also call the United Way to find assistance in your city. Good luck.

  36. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Latiesha, Now is the time to start signing up for toys for your children. For clothes, contact the Salvation Army to seek if you can get a voucher to get clothes for the children. Also, call 2-1-1 which is the Unity Way for agencies that help in your city.

  37. FRANK NYADROR

    HELLO, AM A 48 YEARS OLD MAN. I WANT,IS TO GET FUNDING FOR MY SPINE SURGERY SO I CAN FREE FROM PAIN. PLEASE HELP ME DO THE SURGERY BECAUSE AM UNEMPLOYED DUE TO MY HEALTH FOR FOUR YEARS NOW.I HAVE THREE KIDS A WIFE TO CARE FOR, BY PAYING OF SCHOOL FEES AND OTHER BILLS.PLEASE HELP ME

  38. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Frank. If you are unemployed you are entitled to adult Medicaid. Please contact the Department of Social Services in your city for help. In the US it is also illegal to refuse a sick person medical care. When you go to the hospital ask to speak to the social worker there. She will help you get care.

  39. Tiffany Smith

    Im a single mom of 2. Girl 4 and boy 10 im trying to get help with christmas toys for them. I live on davenport ia

  40. africa brown

    hello my name mrs brown i have four kids unemployed currently seeking work living in motel for four months due to mold and rats in apartment really needing help my husband the only one works its hard to save money to move trying to keep a roof over my children heads its hard to find houses or apartment with eviction could someone guide me /us in the right direction please!!!

  41. Free Financial Post author

    Hello, Africa. You are in a difficult situation. Most landlord will not rent to you until you pay the money you own the last landlord. To get a new place you have to prove you can afford the monthly rent. If you children are school aged, try to look for any type of work during the day. Sometimes you can find someone who is desperate to rent their home. With both of you working it will make it easier to rent. You may need to look for a co-signer as well. If your eviction is recent, go to CreditKarma.com to see if the eviction is on your credit yet. If it is not, now is the time to find an apartment before it shows. Good luck.

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