• Operation Christmas Child: Volunteers fill shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and more and drop them off at collection centers. The boxes are then sent to children around the world.
For more information about the program, click here.
• Angel Tree program: Each angel on Salvation Army Angel Trees represents a child. Sponsors are given a child’s clothing size and Christmas wish list and then drop off the gifts they purchase at the Salvation Army Christmas Center or a community drop-off location.
• Toy drives: Every child registered through the Angel Tree program is guaranteed to receive gifts, but the amount of children registered outnumbers the amount of children sponsored. Toy drives help provide gifts for the children who aren’t sponsored.
• Silver Bells program: Clothing, shoes, toiletries and other items are provided for senior citizens. The Salvation Army provides sponsors with seniors’ Christmas wish lists and other information.
• Fill-A-Stocking: Stuffed stockings are given to children registered for the Angel Tree program.
For more information on any of these Salvation Army programs, click here.
United Family Services
• Jingle Bell Bash: The Dec. 1 event raises money for United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and a silent auction.
For more information on the Jingle Bell Ball, click here.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
• Holiday meals: On Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Charlotte Rescue Mission serves warm meals to the homeless. To help, sign up as a server, make a monetary donation or drop off a homemade dessert.
For more information on holiday meals, click here.
A Child’s Place
• Holiday sponsorships: Ages, sizes and wish lists for members of a family are given to sponsors, with the request that every member of the family receive an article of clothing and at least one item from his or her wish list. A holiday meal gift card to a local grocery store is also requested.
Habitat For Humanity
• Holiday season volunteers are always welcome at Habitat Charlotte ReStores and Julia’s Café & Books, where sales proceeds help to serve more low-income families with affordable housing. Two Charlotte locations: 1133 N. Wendover Rd. (same for Julia’s) and 3326 Wilkinson Blvd.
For more information about volunteering at a Habitat ReStore or Julia’s Café & Books, click here.