The Salvation Army partners with 13 NewsNow, Joy Fund, United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots and Operation Blessing to provide Christmas assistance to families in need. Families with children ages 0-14 may apply for this program and receive toys, food and, if selected for the Angel Tree program, clothing items as well.


Who we are?
The Salvation Army, The Joy Fund, Toys for Tots, Operation Blessing and the Angel Tree programs are working together again to assist families in need this year. Families can apply for all four programs with a single application at our sign-up events listed below. Assistance for each of these programs will then be provided at a single distribution site between December 16th and December 20st.

Who Do We Serve?
The Salvation Army is looking for families in need of help this Christmas season. If you are facing an economic hardships or household crisis and have children that will be ages birth through 14 years old (born on or after 12/1/04), you may be eligible for holiday assistance this year.

What Do We Provide?
Children ages birth through 14 years will receive toys courtesy of the Toys for Tots and Joy Fund programs; a food package; and the possibility of clothing items through the Angel Tree program.

How Do I Apply?

The Salvation Army is not planning to schedule any additional application activities outside of those listed here. If you’d like to apply, please plan to attend one of these events bringing all paperwork noted:

  • Current Government Picture ID for Parent/Guardian (With correct address or 2 bills to prove city of residence)
  • Birth Certificates for ALL children ages 0-14 (we must be able to verify each child’s age)
    • If you are not the parent of the child you’re applying for, YOU MUST bring proof of guardianship.
  • Pre-Qualifiers – Current documentation (less than 12 months) of TANF, income based housing and/or Food Stamps (SNAP). SNAP cards will only be considered if they include your name on the front.
  • If you do not receive any of the above income pre-qualifiers, please bring the following…
    • Employment paystubs- Last 30 days worth for all working household members. If self employed, bring 30 days of work receipts or your 2019 W-2.
    • Proof of unemployment benefits, child support, housing assistance, Social Security, SSI and/or verification of any other types of household income.
    • IF REPORTING $0 income (and no pre-qualifier), you will be required to go to your local Employment Commission office and get documentation showing you have not worked in the state of Virginia in the last quarter.
  • Documentation of household Crisis will be required if your income exceeds current poverty guidelines.

You must bring the documents above when you apply. If you are missing any of this

documentation, you will be asked to collect it and come back to another application event


*Chesapeake residents in zip codes 23321/23323 please see the Portsmouth information below

The Salvation Army Kroc/Corps Community Center

1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23504

Tuesday 10/01/19 -Friday 10/04/19

10:00AM – 1:00PM

The Salvation Army Area Command

5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502

Monday 10/07/19 – Friday 10/11/19

2:00PM – 5:00PM


Signup Dates

The following dates are the Christmas Assistance Signup Dates for the 2019 season

The Salvation Army Area Command

5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502

Tuesdays in November

11/5 and 11/12

2:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursdays in November

11/7, and 11/14 

10:30AM – 1:00PM


(Clients living in these areas MUST sign up at the Portsmouth office with no exceptions)

The Salvation Army of Portsmouth
2306 Airline Blvd., Portsmouth, 23701

Tuesday 10/01/19 – Friday 10/04/19

10:00AM – 2:00PM

Monday 10/21/19 – Friday 10/25/19

10:00AM – 2:00PM

Monday 10/28/19 – Tuesday 10/30/19

10:00AM – 2:00PM

For additional information throughout the Christmas process, please visit our Christmas website at: virginiasalvationarmy.org/hrva/programs/christmasassistance