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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 families with individuals or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. The families who are adopted for Christmas are referred by local organizations that identify families in need of relief from a personal crisis or emergency. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday.

Families are matched by the size that can be provided for, from a small family of 2-4 people, a medium family of 5-6 people or a large family of 7-10 people.

For more information on how you can sponsor a family, contact Major Rachel at rachel.chouinard@usw.salvationarmy.org or by calling (907) 375-3583. 

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.

Current Anchorage Angel Tree locations:

  • The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores on Dimond and Northern Lights
  • The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters - 143 E. 9th Ave.
  • The Midtown Mall (with Mall Security)
  • Fred Meyer Store Locations
  • Walmart Store Locations
  • Carrs Safeway at 4000 W. Dimond Blvd.

For more information about Angel Tree, contact Captain Luke Betti at luke.betti@usw.salvationarmy.org or call (907) 375-3556.

Anchorage neighborhood gift

The Anchorage Neighborhood GIFT is an event 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.

We are in need of food donations for this event! If you would like to donate food or start a food drive to help gather donations, please contact us at (907) 276-2515. If you would like to donate, we are gladly accepting non-perishable food items of canned vegetables, canned gravy and bags of rice at all Salvation Army locations in Anchorage.

Bell Ringing!

The Salvation Army collects donations at our iconic red kettles in 19 Alaskan communities during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve by way of volunteer bell ringers. We depend on the donations received at our red kettles during this time to help keep our Corps programs operating year-round to help community members in need.

To sign-up to volunteer as a bell ringer, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center, call our volunteer coordinator at (907) 339-3427 or visit https://alaska.salvationarmy.org/alaska_division/volunteer-as-a-bell-ringer/ to find contact information for your community.

Operation Santa

For the past 50 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.

In 2019, Operation Santa is set for visiting the communities of Tuntutuliak and Napakiak. 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 at (907) 349-0613.