Spread the cheer!
Christmas is supposed to be a time of happiness and hope as we celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends. However, for many people on the First Coast hunger, poverty, and other factors prevent them from experiencing the joy of the season. With your help, The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida brings the miracle of Christmas to thousands of people each year through a variety of community programs. There are countless ways you can get involved and help us spread the cheer!
Holiday Assistance Registrars
Throughout the month of October we will be taking applications from those in need of Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8:30am-12pm October 1 through 31, plus select Saturdays. Questions? Call our volunteer coordinator at 904-301-4846.
Can-U-Care food drive
Our Food Pantry distributes Thanksgiving bags each November so families can enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal for this holiday. You can help by hosting a non-perishable food drive within your organization, school, or church. You can collect items for our pantry anytime, or contribute specifically towards our Thanksgiving drive. To collect now, call 904-301-356-8641. Check back in the summer for information about how to get involved with the Thanksgiving drive.
Red Kettle Bell Ringers
There's nothing better than the sound of a Salvation Army bell to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Donations to our Red Kettles fund our holiday assistance programs and benefit struggling families and the homeless. Help us fulfill our need of 20,000 hours of volunteer bell ringing at over 70 locations. Individuals and groups are welcome to ring for as little as two hours, or as much as they would like. Find out more about bell ringing here! Contact KathyDeSiena at 904-301-4852 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through this program, thousands of children get to experience the delight of opening gifts on Christmas day. The Angel Trees, displayed at various NE Florida businesses beginning in early November, hold the names of children for whom you or your group/company can purchase new clothing and toys. More information about this year's Angel Tree program will be available in the summer.
Come be a part of Santa's toy shop this December and help us organize and distribute bags filled with toys and clothes donated through our Angel Tree program. This is a great hands-on opportunity for groups and individuals alike. Contact our volunteer coordinator Stephanie Arnold at 904-301-4846 or at email@example.com .
Every child registered for the Angel Tree program will receive a stocking filled with goodies. We need individuals and groups to take batches of stockings and fill them with items based on age and gender. Stockings are available beginning in September.
Families who qualify for Holiday Assistance and who are also facing unusually difficult circumstances such as a job loss, a death in the family, or illness are placed in our Adopt-A-Family Program. If you or your business are interested in adopting an entire family for Christmas, contact Darlene Uhler-Batiste at 904-301-4841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.