Red Kettle and bell

Holiday Assistance

Christmas is quickly approaching. This year the need is greater than ever and for that reason The Salvation Army is getting things in motion early. 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, has already begun virtually but soon volunteers will be out ringing bells daily through December 24 (except Thanksgiving and Sundays). Unfortuantely, we will not be able to have as many locations as in the past due to the restrictions brought on by the pandemic. Therefore, our Virtual Red Kettle Campaign is critically important. Click Here!

The Salvation Army also distributes toys, clothes, and other gifts. 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.

Christmas Assistance Program

You may only apply for the county in which you reside.

New Castle County

2020 The Salvation Army Wilmington Corps Christmas Assistance Program

The following information is for residents of New Castle County ONLY. Individuals in need of assistance for the holiday can complete an online application when we are accepting them. A link will be added next year for the 2021 season.                                             

Kent County

2020 The Salvation Army Dover Corps Christmas Assistance Program

The following information is for residents of Kent County ONLY.

The Salvation Army in Dover helps families residing in Kent County, Delaware, to provide Christmas for their children ages 12 and under. Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, our Christmas program will be very different this year and as contactless as possible. Individuals in need of Christmas assistance can call the Dover office at 302-678-9551 to complete a Christmas application via telephone.  Days and times will be listed next year for the 2021 season.

When calling to complete an application, applicants must have all accurate contact and income/expense information, as well as full names, birthdates, ages and clothing sizes for children 12 and under available. This information will be verified on the applicant’s scheduled distribution day.


∙  Photo ID for applicant

∙  Birth Certificates for children ages 12 and under

∙  Most recent utility bill addressed to applicant (elec., gas, oil, etc. to verify address/residency)

∙  Proof of income (pay stubs, SS, SSI or SSD award letters, state assistance letters, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns related to our Christmas Assistance Program, please call our office at 302-678-9551. 


Sussex County

2020 The Salvation Army Seaford Corps Christmas Assistance Program

The following information is for residents of Sussex County ONLY. Individuals in need of assistance can call 302-628-2020.


We look forward to serving you next holiday season.