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While many of us associate the Christmas season with happy gatherings of family and friends, there are many whose holiday spirits are crushed by the harsh realities of simply making ends meet.  Once again The Salvation Army is making a determined effort this holiday season to bring hope to those local families who desperately need a helping hand.

Each year, The Salvation Army in Danville, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, provide toys, food and clothing for our neighbors in need, and cares for those otherwise forgotten.

In 2011, The Salvation Army’s Christmas Programs served 1.189 people with food. We distributed 2,359 gifts.

1,100 elderly nursing home residents received a visit and or gift and 510 in correctional facilities received a Christmas remembrance from volunteers at The Salvation Army

Please consider helping out this Christmas. We can’t do it without you!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Christmas Client Intake
October  10,11,12,13
Volunteers are needed to interview family members applying for assistance and to enter client data for Christmas Services. Computer skills are required.

Christmas Kettles—Ring the Bell
November 16—December 24
Groups are needed to adopt a red kettle bell ringing location and ring the bell especially on
Friday’s and Saturdays. Ring 1st shift, 2nd shift or “Do The Most Good” by taking an hour each and covering the whole day! Our volunteers raise 300% more on average than paid bell ringers. You make the difference! Check out www.RedKettleVolunteer.org or call 434 792-3963.

Christmas Center Set Up
December 1 st & 9 th  from 9:00 am—12:00 pm
Transform the gym into a Christmas Winter Wonderland of toys and gifts. Shelves need to be assembled, walls erected and toys sorted and arrayed. Hot Chocolate and Christmas cookies provided! A select number of ongoing volunteers will needed to process gifts that come in from the Angel Tree and keep the database up to date.

Christmas Distribution
December 18 th & 19 th
This is the big day! Volunteers are needed to assist with distribution. We need greeters, toy runners, personal shoppers (ask me why this is my personal favorite), stocking pullers and stockers.

 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 Host An Angel Tree or Adopt a number of Angels
November 16 December 14
Children in need are provided gifts of toys and clothing through the Angel Tree. Your church, business, or club can adopt a number of Angels your group will provide gifts for. Call to reserve your Angel Tags for your location.

Christmas Stockings
October  15-December  14
Christmas stockings filled with goodies are a cherished memory many of us share. Give a gift of joy to a child this Christmas morning by pledging to fill empty stockings with age and gender appropriate trinkets and surprises and return them before distribution day. Our goal is to have 700 stockings this year! Pick up empty stockings with labels and tops from our office. This makes a great class project.

Food Drive Sponsors
Ongoing until December 7th
Businesses, School, Churches and other Civic Groups select a food item to sponsor for filling the Food Boxes that will be distributed to needy families at Christmas.

Red Kettle Matching Sponsors
November 16 December 24
Businesses, Churches and other Civic Groups may prefer to support the Red Kettle Fundraiser on weekends without  getting cold! Pledge to match the kettle total raised at a location on a giving day or time period. Your groups name is proudly displayed at kettle site.