Brighten the Holidays

The Salvation Army celebrates the birth of Christ by spreading His hope, love and joy to the less fortunate members of society. In fact, our gift-giving programs and fundraising initiatives are a direct answer to God’s calling to care for the poor, hungry, sick, and displaced. From physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance, to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions, to spiritual guidance that provides healing and hope, we work to assist the whole person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.


People served through holiday assistance by The Salvation Army

Make Christmas Merry. You can help.

Red Kettles

The Red Kettle program was started in 1891 by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee. The purpose of the kettle was to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken in San Francisco. Over 125 years have passed since its inception and the Red Kettle has become the icon of The Salvation Army, which uses the gifts to help assist more than four-and-a-half million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Angel Tree

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.

The program includes Angel Trees in local shopping malls and on-site at area corporations, churches and organizations. The local communities have fully supported the Angel Tree program, making it possible to help numerous children and seniors each year.

Christmas Assistance

For most of us, the holidays are a time to enjoy seemingly endless meals with friends and family. But according to the USDA, Texas is one of twelve states with food insecurity levels greater than that of the national average. And for some children in Texas, that means consistently inadequate nutrition and increased hunger.

The Salvation Army provides feeding and shelter programs to help our neighbors in need get through the winter months.

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