Help Us Bring Light to Our Community this Christmas

When you support your Marion-Polk Salvation Army, you help your neighbors in need and strengthen your community.  Your donation directly helps hard working families build brighter futures.
Each toy dropped off at the Kroc Center, every hour spent volunteering to ring a bell at the iconic red kettle, and each dollar dropped in the kettle works directly to serve those most vulnerable in our community.
Learn more about how you can donate, volunteer, or get Christmas Assistance for your family below.

Donate using Virtual Red Kettle

Our Red Kettle campaign, a tradition known around the world, directly benefits those in need in here in our local community. Your gift to a Virtual Red Kettle means you're helping real people in need with food, shelter, toys for the kids -- and comfort.

Virtual Red Kettle 

Give a Gift from our Walmart List

Every year, The Salvation Army in Marion and Polk Counties delivers over 15,000 toys and gifts to children. Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming once again to ensure that hope marches on this holiday season for local families in need. Check out our Registry for Good, where toys and gifts requested by your neighbors are available to for you to gift.

Walmart Registry

Donate Wishlist Items on Amazon

As families struggle to keep up with utilities, rent, and groceries, Christmas wishes can be put on hold. Purchase a gift from The Salvation Army Amazon Wish List and make a fun and joyous Christmas possible for children in need around Marion and Polk Counties.

Amazon Registry


The Red Kettle Campaign was inspired by Salvation Army Cpt. Joseph McFee. In 1891, upset by many in San Francisco going hungry, he set out to provide them with a free Christmas dinner. Inspired by the “Simpson’s Pot” at Stage Landing where passers-by tossed coins to help the poor, McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing that read, “Keep The Pot Boiling”. He was soon able to feed 1,000 of the city’s poorest.

The Christmas tradition continues, with kettles in front of Salem and Keizer stores, as well as virtually. With COVID-19, we have taken this program virtual all round to clothe and shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, provide countless social service programs and after-school programs to help prevent the cycle of  homelessness, provide Christmas gifts for kids and seniors, promote financial stability, and lead those in need on a path to a healthy productive life.

Be A Part of the Living Christmas Tradition

Because of bell ringers like you, Hope Marches On! When you ring a bell at one of our iconic red kettles, a volunteer can make the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises hundreds of dollars a day. Funds remain local, and sustain the help we give around Marion and Polk counties all year long.

In the past year, The Salvation Army of Marion and Polk counties served 50,000 meals to wildfire victims, distributed 15,500 gifts and toys to smiling children, and housed 13,950 people. The funds you raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in your community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services, anti-human trafficking, and more. 

When you ring the bell, you’re making change happen.

To sign up yourself, family, community group or business to Volunteer at our Red Kettle, fill out our sign up form, and prepare to spread Christmas Joy this holiday season.

Red Kettle Sign-up Form 

Christmas Assistance

We are here to help families in need have a bright and joyful Christmas.

Do you need assistance this Christmas? The Salvation Army provides children and families in the Salem-Keizer area with assistance at Christmas, and year round. 

Our Toy & Joy program has filled up for the year. We are serving over 1,000 local families with toys and gifts donated by the community.

If you have any questions about The Salvation Army's Family Services, please call: 503-585-6688


Serving All Without Discrimination

The Salvation Army serves everyone. With love. With hope. And without discrimination.

In providing its programs and services to the needy and underserved during the holidays, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help. 

(503) 798-4855
Email Jessica Zielinski, Development Coordinator for The Salvation Army – Marion & Polk Counties: [email protected]

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