Since 1890, armed with tambourines and a mission to serve, The Salvation Army held its first meeting in Delaware. More than 200 voices were lifted in song and prayer in the second story of 220 Market Street. Although our location has changed, the mission of The Salvation Army in the State of Delaware remains as it began 125 years ago. The work and ministry will continue to grow providing human outreach by offering spiritual, emotional and assistance to people in need.
Christmas is quickly approaching. For some, this time of year is another financial hardship. Here at the Salvation Army, we are getting things in motion to start off the season and help those in need. We have various ways to bring a merry Christmas to those we can help, but we need your help in doing so. Volunteers can help with bell ringing, the Angel Tree, and simply making donations. With your support, The Salvation Army is able to work Christmas miracles for thousands of needy individuals and families each year through its various holiday programs and services. For more information, please look at our Volunteer Opportunities.
Christmas is quickly approaching. For some, this time of year is another financial hardship. Here at the Salvation Army, we are getting things in motion to start off the season and help those most in need. We have various ways to bring a merry Christmas to those we can help, but we need your help in doing so.
Our Red Kettle Campaign, our most familiar and visible tradition, begins November 13. Volunteers will be out ringing bells daily through December 24 (except Thanksgiving and Sundays).
The Salvation Army also distributes toys, clothes, and other gifts through our Holiday Toy Shoppe. For families in need, we have Salvation Army Angel Trees at both the Christiana and Concord Malls. This will allow shoppers to pick a name and gift to purchase. Children receive the gifts based on their wish list. Through this program, we try to ensure every child has a gift on Christmas morning. The Angel Tree runs November 13 through December 17 (except Thanksgiving).
Every child will also receive a stocking from our Toy Shoppe which has been filled by individuals, companies and service groups in Delaware.
Families in need of food are given groceries for preparing their special Christmas meal.
With your support, The Salvation Army is able to work Christmas miracles for thousands of needy individuals and families each year through its various holiday programs and services.
For families who wish to apply you may wish to complete our assistance application.
Join us at The Salvation Army of Delaware and the Blue Knights of Delaware for our annual Toy Run. As many as 400 Blue Knights will line up streets on motorcycles to make their toy donation to benefit under-served children in the community this Christmas season. The Blue Knights is a fraternal, non-profit organization of active and retired law enforcement consisting of both men and women, who enjoy riding motorcycles. 1,000 families, including 3,000 children, are served through The Salvation Army of Delaware holiday assistance programs. The event delivers hundreds of special gifts to our Toy Shoppe. Families in need are invited to visit the Toy Shoppe closer to Christmas to select gifts for their children. This allows these families to have a more fulfilled Christmas thanks to many generous donors and volunteers. We hope to see you joining our staff Sunday November 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at our Wilmington location to help cheer on the Blue Knights as they make their ride.
The holiday season is quickly approaching. The red kettle holiday fund-raiser kicks off Friday November 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Rodney Square. The Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army's biggest fund-raiser, is the most iconic and associated image for the Salvation Army. Volunteers will ring the bells alongside big red kettles across the state of Delaware, every day, except Sundays and Thanksgiving, from the "kickoff" though Christmas Eve. The event will feature the Salvation Army's Brass Band, The Salvation Army of Delaware's Emergency Disaster Service's canteen truck serving hot chocolate and coffee, celebrity bell ringer and guest speaker County Executive Tom Gordon and board chair Jim Selsor, who will be emcee of the event. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Kettle Coordinator Geraldine Brown at 302-. Bell ringing hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 PM. Our bell ringers help provide crisis assistance and ongoing services necessary for the underprivileged individuals, families, and children to have a meaningful and satisfying life.