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Learn more about what The Salvation Army does and how you can help during the holidays


The Adopt-A-Family program matches struggling families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday.

For more information, contact Captain Hilary Patterson at hilary.patterson@usw.salvationarmy.org

Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a holiday assistance program in which an individual sponsor or group sponsor purchases new clothing and toys for deserving children (or “Angels”) in need that will be receiving gifts that will be disbursed at our annual Neighborhood GIFT event.

Last year, The Salvation Army, with the help of numerous generous sponsors, provided holiday gifts for more than 3,000 families in the Anchorage area. For many of our registered children, the gifts they receive through the Angel Tree Program will be the only ones they open on Christmas morning.

Click here to view 2018 Angel Tree locations in the Anchorage area.

For more information about Angel Tree, contact Captain Jan Pemberton at jan.pemberton@usw.salvationarmy.org

neighborhood gift

The Anchorage Neighborhood GIFT is a collaborative project between The Salvation Army Alaska Division, The Food Bank of Alaska and Lutheran Social Services of Alaska that provides food for a festive meal and/or toys for children (up to age 14) to support families who need assistance during the holiday season.

To learn more, please visit here. If you would like to sign-up as a volunteer for the Anchorage Neighborhood GIFT event, please visit the volunteer sign-up page.

Operation Santa

For nearly 40 years The Salvation Army, along with the National Guard and many other supporters, has helped share the joy of the holiday season with thousands of children in rural Alaska. With the Christmas season fast approaching, your support at home in Alaska is greatly needed.

2018 Operation Santa recipients were the communities of Emmonak and Gambell. During an Operation Santa celebration, the entire community gathers and celebrates by singing carols, watching local dance groups perform and even sharing ice cream sundaes together! For some of the children, this is their first time visiting with Santa.

In addition to a Christmas gift, Santa hands out new backpacks, hygiene supplies, new school supplies, fresh fruit and books.
Please help support this wonderful - and uniquely Alaskan - holiday tradition by clicking here to donate!

For more information, contact Service Extension & Disaster Services Director Jenni Ragland at jenni.ragland@usw.salvationarmy.org

Season of Giving

Season of Giving is The Salvation Army Alaska Division's premier fundraising event of the year and serves as the annual Red Kettle Kick-off event! This festive gathering helps us get in the spirit of the season while offering a great opportunity to introduce friends and coworkers to the work of The Salvation Army in Alaska.

For more information on how to become a Season of Giving sponsor or table host, contact Annual Giving Manager Mariana Braniste at mariana.braniste@usw.salvationarmy.org

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery

Through the Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program, Thanksgiving meals are served to seniors and people with disabilities in need enrolled in the meal delivery program in addition to anyone in need wanting a meal on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information about volunteering for Thanksgiving meal preparation and/or delivery or receiving a Thanksgiving Day meal, contact Older Alaskans Program Director Terry Chubin at terry.chubin@usw.salvationarmy.org.