To receive Christmas help from The Salvation Army, use the location search option on the organization website to contact a local Corps Community Center. All holiday giving operates on a local basis, making it necessary to contact the one nearest you for assistance. Registration begins in October at most locations, so it is necessary to reach out to a nearby Salvation Army as early as possible.
Financial assistance goes toward Christmas dinner for children, teens, seniors and families, as well as toys and clothing for families. Giving often extends beyond the Christmas season. It helps serve people who are in need financially or emotionally, and does include the families of prisoners.
While branches of The Salvation Army have different requirements for the holiday giving program, the typical qualifier is being a low-income family. Most people who receive government assistance, such as Medicaid or WIC, qualify for assistance through the Christmas program. Since there is no main database for all Salvation Army locations to track who receives help, it simply asks that people register with other charities as well.
Documents needed to receive aid include proof of income, documentation from a government agency who provides assistance, a Social Security card for every person who seeks help, and proof of address, such as a utility bill.