Holiday activities, including special events and program services, vary by community, according to local needs and resources. In Alaska, these may include: Thanksgiving dinner, delivery of Thanksgiving food boxes, collaborations with other organizations or businesses to provide Christmas presents and meals (such as Neighborhood GIFT and Operation Santa Claus) and our own projects, such as Angel Trees, a beloved tradition that allows community members to directly provide holiday cheer to families by purchasing gifts and toys for those in need.
To experience a joy of giving like no other this holiday season, please consider donating, volunteering or participating in some of The Salvation Army's events in your community at this special time. During the holiday season, as always, The Salvation Army is committed to meeting human needs in His name without discrimination.
Online Red Kettle (October-January) - This campaign allows you to host your own Red Kettle without even getting your fingers cold. You become a vital part of our Christmas efforts when you help those in need by hosting an Online Red Kettle and filling it with donations from family, friends and colleagues.
Learn more about Online Red Kettle.
Season of Giving Luncheon - This festive gathering in Anchorage, our largest fund-raising event of the year, helps us all get in the spirit of the season, while offering a great opportunity to introduce friends and coworkers to the work of The Salvation Army Alaska. Companies and individual sponsors are encouraged to donate to reserve tables.
Learn more about Season of Giving Luncheon
Thanksgiving Meals & Meal Deliveries - Throughout Alaska, The Salvation Army offers Thanksgiving outreach, meal deliveries and other services, based on communities' individual needs.
Learn more about Thanksgiving.
Operation Santa Claus- The Salvation Army partners with the Alaska National Guard to bring Christmas joy and gifts to remote Alaska locations every year. In 2014, we are planning to visit Newtok and Shishmaref.
Learn more about Operation Santa Claus.
Red Kettle Campaign / Bell-ringing (November-December) - As Alaskan volunteers ring bells—with their family, friends, service clubs, or coworkers—at a Salvation Army Red Kettle site, they give the gift of food, safe shelter, and rehabilitation to thousands of fellow Alaskans in need. Since 1891, the Red Kettle campaign, raises funds that stay in the communities where given.
Learn more about the Red Kettle Campaign
Neighborhood GIFT (mid-December) - Neighborhood GIFT represents a collaborative community partnership with other Alaska social services and faith-based programs to provide needy families with groceries for a holiday meal and toys for children, up to age 14. To help, you can volunteer, donate toys or organize a food or toy drive.
Learn more about Neighborhood GIFT.