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Christmas Assistance Programs

Angel Tree

Families will register for Christmas Assistance by signing up through our Social Services department. Our team ensures that they qualify for the program by reviewing various financial statements. Once that process is complete, our team will record the "wish list" for each child. These children are then sponsored by our many community partners who will purchase clothes, toys, and other gifts. Once the gifts are returned to us, we are able to distribute them to the registered families!


Families experiencing natural disasters or immediate financial hardship may qualify for our Adopt-A-Family program. They must qualify for this needs-based program, The entire family will then get "adopted" for Christmas and receive gifts based on a wish list they provide.


The Salvation Army of Durham has partnered with Sheetz to bring you the greatest Christmas party...ever! Thanks to various fundraising efforts of Sheetz employees, we are able to make the holiday season brighter for these children. Sheetz employees from every Sheetz operating volunteer to participate in the annual shopping days. Then we hold special parties in each of our districts, where Santa presents the children with gifts purchased specifically for them. Along with the presents, children enjoy food, crafts, games and pictures with Santa. Since inception of the program over $13.5 million dollars has been raised For the Kidz!


Stock the Sled

Each year, we partner with WNCN and Capital City Clauses for Stock the Sled! Almost 1,000 brand-new toys were collected at WalMart at New Hope Commons during this all-day event! Patrons of the store are encouraged to purchase a toy for a child in need while they are doing their regular shopping.

Coats for the Kids

WRAL-TV works with The Salvation Army every year to provide brand new coats for children in need in our community! Hundreds of coats are delivered to us and we are able to give them out free of charge to families in need of a nice winter coat during these cold months!

Raging Bull Harley-Davidson Toy Run

Perhaps one of our loudest events each year, the Raging Bull Harley-Davidson crew has done an annual toy run for The Salvation Army of Durham for 26 years! Over 50 Harley-Davidson lovers ride their motorcycles in a parade-like fashion to our office and deliver a huge pile of toys for children in need. It's definitely a sight to see, and something we look forward to every year.

Get Involved

Bell Ringer

Your organization can ring bells at one of our 30+ locations around Durham, Orange, and Person counties. Dance, sing, perform, and ring the bell! You will not only raise money for the programs that serve our community, but you will help us to save money as well. For every kettle stand that is unmanned by a volunteer, we have to staff that location with a paid employee. Your volunteerism allows us to put more funding toward programs that help. 1 volunteer hour = $24.14 saved.

Angel Tree

There are so many ways to get involved with our Angel Tree program. Volunteers help by registering families for assistance, helping label the "Angels" before we send them off to sponsors, setting up our Toy Shop where we house all of the donated gifts, and distributing the gifts to our registered families.

Food Drive

If you are interested in hosting a food drive for The Salvation Army of Durham, there are a couple of ways to do so! We are able to deliver an empty food barrel to your school, office, or business for you to fill up (don't worry, we will pick it up too!). If you are interested in doing the food drive on your own, we welcome that as well.

Toy Drive

Consider hosting a toy drive in your school, business, or neighborhood to ensure that children in our community can have a very Merry Christmas!

Sponsor a child

Consider sponsoring one of our "Angels" from the Christmas Angel Tree program. You will have the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts from a child's wish list, so that they can have a very Merry Christmas this year!