A reminder from the Salvation Army: Please donate this year.

Devastating wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes and last year's changes to federal tax laws could impact the resources available for serving Americans in need

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) The Salvation Army’s ability to serve more than 23 million people annually depends on the continual generosity of everyday people. Following devastating wildfires and catastrophic hurricanes, thousands of families are left in desperate need, year-end donations are more critical than ever.


When you donate to The Salvation Army, the money stays in your local community, and a little can go a long way.

  • $2.37 provides a meal to someone in need
  • $25 helps provide Christmas gifts for a child in need
  • $30 can provide a night of shelter
  • $50 can feed a family of three for a week



“For more than a century, we’ve been blessed with contributions during the holiday season that fuel our efforts to meet our mission of helping those in need,” said Commissioner David Hudson, national commander of The Salvation Army. “We’ve seen an outpouring of generosity to aid first responders and survivors in the wake of unprecedented natural disasters and we pray that same spirit continues during this critical year-end giving season.”  

Despite positive economic news, it’s worth noting that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates nearly 40 million Americans still live in poverty, with millions more living paycheck to paycheck.

In the past year, the generous support of the public empowered The Salvation Army to deliver 52.5 million hot meals, provide disaster assistance to more than 240,000 people, assist 147,000 people struggling with addiction, and help a countless number of children and senior citizens with daycare, transportation and holiday assistance.

“Our concerns about a decline in year-end giving are based on our fundraising history,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, secretary for national community relations and development. “In 2017, The Salvation Army raised more in the last two days of the year than in the entire month of November, and contributions during November and December dwarfed the entire rest of the year.”

To  provide for the needs of another 23 million Americans next year, the Salvation Army calls upon new and regular supporters to give for the millions of struggling families moving into the new year.

To help families in need this holiday season, visit salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Of every dollar donated, 82 cents will be used to provide social services to those who need it most.

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