Red Kettle and bell

Holiday Assistance

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 14. 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.

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

New Castle County

The Salvation Army in Wilmington, Delaware provides toys and food for Christmas for residents of New Castle County. Individuals in need of assistance for the holiday can complete an online application.

New Castle County will begin accepting applications on or around October 31st and we will continue to accept applications through Sunday, November 18th. Applications are processed as they are received. Once the application process is closed we will no longer be accepting applicants this holiday season.

Application Requirements:

  • Only one application per household is permitted
  • Applications are for New Castle County residents only
  • We are only able to provide toys for children up to 12 years of age
  • Please fill out the application in its entirety

If your application has been accepted, you will be notified by mail.  The letter will contain your appointment time, date, and the location of the Toy Shop.  This letter is proof of your acceptance and must be presented to enter the Christmas Toy Shop.  Along with the letter you will need to bring the photo ID's for the adults in your household and proof of birthdate for each child.

God Bless you!

             The New Castle County application process is now closed for our 2018 program.



Kent County

The Salvation Army church office in Dover provides families in need residing in Kent County, Delaware with Christmas food bags and/or Christmas toys for children ages 14 and under.  Individuals interested in receiving food bags or toys can complete the online application by clicking the link below.  Applicants are expected to have the required identification and documentation on their scheduled day of pick-up.  This allows us to finalize the application so that items can be distributed.  Distribution takes place during the month of December.

Application requirements:

In order to verify and finalize applications, applicants must reside in Kent County and bring the following items to their scheduled appointment:

  • Photo ID for applicant
  • Birth Certificates for children ages 12 and under
  • Most recent utility bill addressed to the applicant (electric, gas, oil, etc.)
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, SS, SSI or SSD award letters, state assistance award letters, etc. will be acceptable)

Please note:  We ask that you do not apply if you or any member of your household has applied to other holiday programs.  We will be cross-checking our list with other agencies and will not be serving families associated with other programs.  We want to spread as much joy as possible and want to give all families in need the chance to show their children a happy Christmas.  Honesty is expected throughout the application process. Those that misrepresent themselves or their situation will be denied assistance by the program.

If you do not have access to the internet, speak Spanish only or have any questions or concerns related to our Christmas Assistance Program, please contact our office at (302) 678-9551.  We look forward to serving you this holiday season.

God Bless!


     The Kent County application application process is now closed for our 2018 program.