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Support an Angel this Christmas!

Beginning Wednesday, November 22nd, visit one of our public Angel Tree locations across the St. Louis area to grab a tag — Click here to view locations below!

angeltreeFamilies who are struggling to meet the financial demands of day-to-day life question how they might provide a gift or two for their children on Christmas Day. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. And thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, thousands of children will find this waiting under their Christmas trees this year.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides toys for children of families in need through the support of donors.  Found in local companies and corporations, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the age and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for a child or children described on the tags.  The donated gifts are displayed at Toy Town and parents are empowered to select gifts that will bring their child joy for the holidays.  Please consider hosting a Teen Angel Tree. One of the greatest needs in our city is to provide toys to teens in our community.

Angel Tree tag distribution begins on November 1st and the toys will be collected on Dec. 4ththrough Dec. 8th.  We ask that the toys are new and unwrapped.  Toys can be delivered to our Toy Town location — 1225 South Florissant Road, St Louis, MO 63121 or you can schedule to have the toys picked up at your office on Dec 4th through Dec 8th.

 

2017 Toy Town

11440152906_dbfa4ba923_zFor more than a decade, the popular Toy Town program has helped ensure more St. Louis children wake up to a present under their tree on Christmas morning. It also provides families with vouchers to purchase groceries for Christmas dinner.

In order to qualify, Toy Town applicants (households with at least one child under 17-years-old) must meet at least 125-percent of the federal poverty guideline, and General Assistance applications (households with no children under 17-years-old) must meet at least 150-percent of the federal poverty guideline. All applicants must bring to registration a photo ID; Social Security cards for all household members; proof of income – including child support, food stamps, etc.; and a piece of mail with the applicant’s current address.

Become a Tree of Lights Sponsor!

IMG_2716Your company or organization can make a difference in the St. Louis region by joining the 2017 Tree of Lights campaign as a Kickoff Sponsor.

Please contact Tom Kovach, Corporate Relations Director, at 314-646-3019 or Tom_Kovach@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Click below for sponsorship levels:


Presenting Sponsor: $10,000+

  • Private VIP luncheon with the Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army (tbd)
  • Table of 8 at the Tree of Lights Kickoff Luncheon
  • Name and/or Company logo on the front cover of the event program
  • Invitation to the Tree of Lights Kickoff VIP Reception
  • Name and/or Company logo on all event signage
  • Company Name in all media releases
  • Recognition from the podium
  • Recognition on The Salvation Army’s website and in social media efforts
  • Add $560 for a second table of 8

Shield Sponsor: $5,000

  • Table of 8 at the Tree of Lights Kickoff Luncheon
  • Name and/or Company logo on the back cover of the event program
  • Invitation to the Tree of Lights Kickoff VIP Reception
  • Name and/or Company logo on all event signage
  • Name and/or Company logo in all media releases
  • Recognition from the podium
  • Recognition on The Salvation Army’s website and in social media efforts
  • Add $560 for second table of 8

Bell Sponsor: $1,500

  • Table for 8 at the Tree of Lights Kickoff Luncheon
  • Recognition in the event program
  • Recognition from the Podium
  • Recognition on The Salvation Army’s website and in social media efforts
  • Invitation to the Tree of Lights Kickoff VIP Reception
  • Add $560 for a second table of 8

Light Sponsor: $560

  • Table for 8 at the Tree of Lights Kickoff Luncheon
  • Recognition in the event program

Christmas Assistance

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The Salvation Army of Missouri and Southern Illinois serves our community all year long. However, during the Christmas season it is our goal to make sure the joy of this blessed Holiday reaches many more families.

Many families throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois face difficult financial hardships during the Holiday season and will be unable to purchase Christmas gifts for their children. The Salvation Army Midland Division offers an array of Christmas Assistance programs to help bring smiles and joy into the lives of those families in need. This includes assistance with food for the holidays, gifts and toys for children, assistance with utilities, and much more.

Because we want to respond to the varying needs of the communities in which we serve, all of our Christmas assistance programs are administered locally.  You will need to contact your local office in order to determine the exact process for registering.  If you need assistance or are interested in finding out specific ways you can volunteer or help with The Salvation Army’s efforts in your local community, please refer to About Us and click on Locations to identify by zip code your local Salvation Army office.

For more information on the application process on any of The Salvation Army’s holiday-assistance programs or how you can help, contact The Salvation Army Christmas Programs Hotline at (314) 646-3000.

Please bring proof of income, proof of address, a photo ID, and a Social Security card for each family member when applying at the Salvation Army location that corresponds with your zip code.

Red Kettle Campaign

The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s oldest and most visible Christmas fund raiser. The campaign raises funds which are used for our Christmas assistance programs and year-round to enable us to serve people in need. Volunteer bell ringers at over 350 locations give their gift of time to help raise the dollars needed to serve their neighbors who come to The Salvation Army for assistance.

Rent Assistance

Helping families stay in their homes is a year-round goal of The Salvation Army. During winter months, it is especially important that families are safe at home.

Utility Assistance

Helping families maintain their water and power services brings light in more ways than one. The Salvation Army seeks to help struggling families maintain basic amenities, including electricity, gas, and water.

Grocery and Food Assistance

The Salvation Army helps struggling families keep food on the table, and most of our locations have food pantries and/or community meals throughout the year. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, we provide food boxes, grocery cards, or celebratory meals to our neighbors who need help.

Christmas Gifts for Kids

The Salvation Army wants every child to know the joy of Christmas. Through the generosity of donors in the community, toys are shared with families who can’t afford to buy gifts. Our cornerstone programs are listed below.

Angel Tree

“When you pick up an Angel Tree tag, you and The Salvation Army brighten Christmas for a child in need”

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.  Since then, the tradition has expanded and now is a cornerstone of The Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts.

Adopt A Family

The Adopt-A-Family Program teams up an organization or individual with a family in need of assistance in hopes of making this Christmas season one worth remembering. Families chosen for the program may have recently experienced a disaster like  a fire or flood,  be homeless or  in transitional housing, be grandparents raising grandchildren, have a child or parent with a serious illness, or have recently lost a child or parent.

Toy Town

For more than a decade, the popular Toy Town program has helped ensure more St. Louis Metropolitan area children wake up to a present under their tree on Christmas morning. It also provides families with vouchers to purchase groceries for Christmas dinner.

Marine Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, a 67 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. The Salvation Army Midland Division handles all toys request and when requesting toys contact The Salvation Army Midland Division at 314-646-3000 or 314-646-3083.