Christmas Cheer

Giving the Gift of Joy
Christmas is supposed to be a time of happiness and hope as we celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends. For many people on the First Coast, however, hunger, poverty and the cold prevent them from experiencing the joy of the season. With your help, The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida brings the miracle of Christmas to thousands of people each year through a variety of community programs.

•Thanksgiving Grocery Bags – Our Food Pantry distributes Thanksgiving bags each November so families can enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal for this holiday. Please consider providing items for families in need… they will be so thankful.

Whole Turkey (frozen) or turkey breast
Cans of cranberry sauce
Cans of green beans
Cans of cream of mushroom soup
Cans of french-fried onions
Boxes of stuffing
Cans of sweet potatoes
Brown sugar
Miniature marshmallows
Cans of regular or creamed corn
Rolls (fresh or frozen)
Frozen pies (cannot be homemade)

•Angel Tree – Through this program, thousands of children get to experience the delight of opening gifts on Christmas day. The Angel Tree, displayed at Orange Park Mall and NE Florida businesses, holds the names of children for whom you or your group/company can purchase new clothing and toys. Interested in adopting a family of children, or a large quantity of angels? Call (904) 301-4782 for more information.

•Toy Shop – A makeshift Christmas toy shop is temporarily set up during the month of December and pre-registered families have appointments to pick up their Angel bags filled with toys, clothing and stockings for their children. Consider donating new toys and clothing to fill up this magical shop.

•Christmas Stockings – Individuals, families, churches, businesses and civic groups from the community volunteer to stuff stockings full of toys and non-perishable items for needy children in NE Florida.

•Turkey Drive – Please consider donating a fresh or frozen turkey to help feed those folks who may otherwise go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. We are accepting Turkey donations from November 3rd – November 19th at 900 W. Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville. We are also accepting grocery store gift cards and monetary donations.
Please call (904)301-4855 to make a monetary turkey donation or (904) 356-8641, option #1, for turkey drop off information.

For more information on any of The Salvation Army’s Christmas programs, please contact our Volunteer Recruiter at (904)301-4846, option #1 or visit the volunteer page, complete the on-line volunteer form and click “SUBMIT”. Groups may also complete the Group Registration Form and click “SUBMIT”.