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It’s that time again, when The Salvation Army prepares to help hundreds of families in in the St. Petersburg/South Pinellas County area with gifts of love and hope for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

YOU can make a difference  by joining us in a number of Thanksgiving and Christmas volunteer initiatives.

BELL RINGING: Nov. 11 – Dec. 24
Change Goes In. Change Comes Out! Give Hope!

A special goal is to increase the number of Volunteer Bell Ringers this year. The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect donations to feed the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world.

Be an ambassador to the community for The Salvation Army. Your club, group or company employees can ring bells at a community location to help us raise funds and give hope to families in our community. Minimum shift is two hours but why don’t you take a day and ask your friends to ring?

Holiday Assistance Calendar

PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS FOOD DRIVE

Donated trucks, drivers and loaders needed to pick up and unload food from schools Nov 14-18 and Nov 28 – Dec 2  – 8:30am-4:30pm

REGISTRATION FOR CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE

Oct. 17-19 Assist Social Service staff in taking applications for community families requesting holiday assistance. Hours are flexible: Monday and Wednesday 8:45am – 12pm and 12:45pm – 3:30pm; Tuesday 1:45 to 7:30pm.

ANGEL TREE

Nov. 12 – Dec. 10 
Volunteers are needed at the Angel Tree Booth located inside Tyrone Square Mall (by JCPenney). Hours are flexible from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday. Minimum 2 -hour shift.

To volunteer email Tamara.Santos@uss.salvationarmy.org.

To ‘host’ an Angel Tree in your office/lobby/store/church. Contact Holly.Harmon@uss.salvationarmy.org

THANKSGIVING DAY OF CARING

Nov. 24
Come help prepare, set-up/serve/clean-up after the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Meal times are 8am-4pm for our residents and community.

CHRISTMAS EVE COMMUNITY DINNER

Dec. 24 
Come help prepare/serve/clean up after the Community Christmas Dinner. Meal times are from 2-4pm for our residents and community.

CHRISTMAS CANNED FOOD SORTING

Come help sort through the canned food collected from the school drive and bag Christmas meals to be distributed to families. December 5 -9 flexible hours 8:30am – 4pm – Lifting may be required

CHRISTMAS TOY SORTING

Dec. 12 – 14
Help sort and package toys for children in the community.
Hours are flexible from 8:30am – 4pm Monday through Wednesday.

CHRISTMAS DISTRIBUTION

Dec. 15 – 16 
Distribution of food, toys and other assistance to approximately 1000 families from the community. Flexible hours from 8:30am – 4pm each day.

AFTER CHRISTMAS

Jan. 3 – 31
Check dates and stock food donated to our Social Services Department in the pantry. 9:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.


For more information about volunteer opportunities 
Call Wonetha Hall at The Salvation Army 727-550-8080 ext. 328 or email at Wonetha.Hall@uss.salvationarmy.org.