Holiday Giving Opportunities
with The Salvation Army in 2013
Here are some opportunities for showing how much you care by giving to others in the 2013 Holiday season. Almost 3,000 people are counting on givers like you to help The Salvation Army again this year.
1) Adopt-A-Family - Your church, business, organization or family can adopt-a-family by providing Christmas gifts, toys, clothes and a food gift card. The cost involved in this option is approximately $100 per person in the adopted family, with an additional $50-100 for family gifts and the food gift card. Families will be available for adoption from November 1 until December 8th with all distribution to families taking place on Saturday December 14 at various locations throughout the county.
2) Holiday Harvest Project Food Drives - Holiday type food is desperately needed for distribution both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Foods needed include gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, pie crusts and fillings, frozen desserts, yams, frozen rolls, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, as well as many, many frozen turkeys and hams. These items individually and in complete food baskets are welcomed at our offices and in holiday food drives being conducted around the county. Pick-ups can be arranged for large amounts collected. Cash donations are also accepted to purchase $25.00 holiday food baskets for needy families, in partnership with the Gleaners Food Bank.
3) Angel Tree Tags - Beautiful paper ornament tags are available that detail the gender, age and wishlist of a representative child or teen in need. The purpose of these tags is to display in your church, business or elsewhere for others to take and purchase the items listed on the tag to be given to a child in need. Gift prices vary from $10 to $50. All gifts would be needed by December 9th for distribution in our Toyshop program.
4) Fill-A-Stocking - A stocking is needed for each child we serve in the toyshop program - approximately 850 total. You may provide your own stocking or mesh stockings are available at our offices with a list of suggestions of what to fill them with. Stockings should be labeled with a specific age and gender for distribution. Gift cards are also welcome, but should be visible from the outside of the stocking.
5) Teen Gifts - The Salvation Army, through all our holiday programs last year provided gifts for almost 350 teenagers (age 13 to 17). This age group is difficult to shop for and we are in need of more items specifically intended for them. The best option has proven to be $15 to $25 gift cards to places like Walmart, Meijer, Justice, Old Navy, American Eagle, iTunes and other local stores. These items would gladly be accepted at our 503 Lake Street, Howell, offices.
6) Coats for Kids - In partnership with WHMI 93.5 FM, The Salvation Army is collecting and distributing used and new coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. A list of some of the locations at which a collection box will be placed can be found at www.whmi.com. Items may also be dropped off at our 503 Lake St., Howell, offices.
7) Toys for Tots Collection - New toys will be collected in Toys for Tots collection boxes - to be placed around the county after November 1, 2011. A list of locations where boxes will be placed can be found at www.toysfortots.org A majority of the toys collected are distributed in partnership with The Salvation Army. If you'd like a box placed in your location, there is an application on the website as well.
8) Bellringing - Individuals and groups are needed to help ring the bells at our red kettles outside local businesses, beginning on November 8, 2013. To sign up, call our Kettle Coordinator at 517-546-4750 x107 or go online (www.salvationarmylivingston.org) to request the availability of a time and location.
9) Volunteering - There are great opportunities to volunteer your time and energy. Individuals are needed to assist the assistance application process and throughout the season to sort donations and for general office tasks.