Red Kettles The Red Kettles and bell ringers are perhaps the most visible community-wide Salvation Army program. However, during the holidays the results from the nickels, dimes and dollars put into the kettles provides needy families with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, gifts for children, coats and shoes for kids with none to wear, and visitation to the elderly and imprisoned who have no one to care for them. The bell ringing goes on to provide for services to the public throughout the months following the holidays.
Angel Tree Although Christmas may be months away, the Salvation Army is already making sure no child awakes to find there is nothing under the tree. The organization will once again this year provide the Angel Tree program to benefit the needy children of the Staunton VA area.
Angel Tree Sponsors Each year, sponsors ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies volunteer to place Angel Trees in high-traffic areas within their community, organization, or office. Many sponsors provide a tree as an added donation along with promotional materials to inform their community, members of staff of the program along with confidential information about the children, who will benefit from their generosity. The sponsoring organization also serves as a collection point for the gifts and provides secure storage until a volunteer from The Salvation Army can collect the gifts for distribution along with food and meals to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.
Angel Tree Volunteers In many locations, The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help distribute the gifts along with food for holiday meals to the participating families. Often times, employees and family members of the sponsoring organization help distribute their group’s gifts throughout their community. Community volunteer and service groups; church groups and retired senior volunteer programs often aid The Salvation Army during the holidays and throughout the year, but more volunteers are always needed.