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Do gooders like you helped make Christmas brighter for kids from 1 to 92!

Submitted by on December 23, 2014 – No Comment

There’s a lot of talk around The Salvation Army about kids this time of year. Our legendary Christmas programs include a number of ways for do gooders to care for kids whose families struggle to afford Christmas.

We’ve got Adopt-A-Family, Angel Tree and my favorite program – the Toy and Joy shops which allow parents to “shop” for their kids in a warehouse full of donated toys.

Toy and Joy shop Seattle
The picture above is of the Seattle, Washington Toy and Joy shop, set up by age range, type of toy, etc., so that mom and dad can easily find what they need. Toy and Joy shops allow parents with little to no financial resources a bit of dignity as they select the gifts they know their kids will love.

But did you know that there are several programs which provide Christmas cheer for senior citizens who have few people in their lives left to care for their needs this time of year?

senior shut in gifts
For instance, The Salvation Army in San Francisco collected gifts and practical items to distribute to shut-ins who are at risk of a lonely Christmas. This group of kids in the photo above from a local church group went door-to-door and helped make Christmas a little brighter for elderly folks on their own.

Senior Christmas party
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Salvation Army donors, volunteers and staff held Christmas parties for 1,000 local seniors at assisted living centers, like the one above. They shared food, entertainment, and gifts but most of all the love of Jesus at this wonderful time of year.

Thank you for all this – and so much more – that you made happen!

God bless you and Merry Christmas!

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