Registration has concluded for the 2021 Christmas Assistance Signups for the city of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.



The Salvation Army partners with 13 NewsNow, Joy Fund, MyTVZ, and the United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots to provide Christmas assistance to families in need. Families with children ages 0-12 may apply for this program to receive Christmas Assistance. Assistance for each of these programs will then be provided at a single distribution site between December 14th and December 17th.


Who Do We Serve?
The Salvation Army is looking for families in need of help this Christmas season. If you are facing economic hardships or a household crisis and have children that will be ages birth through 12 years old (born on or after 12/1/08), you may be eligible for holiday assistance this year.

What Do We Provide?
Children ages birth through 12 years will receive toys courtesy of The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and Joy Fund programs. Children may also be eligible for Angel Tree gifts and/or stockings.

How Do I Apply?

  • When? Applications will only be accepted online between August 30, 2021, and October 8, 2021.
  • Where? Christmas applicants residing in Norfolk, VA Beach, and Chesapeake zip codes 23320, 23322, 23324, 23325 MUST apply with the Angel Tree Code – HRAC21. Christmas applicants residing in Portsmouth and Chesapeake zip codes 23321 and 23323 MUST apply with Angel Tree Code – PORTS21. Registration buttons are located at the bottom of this page.
  • Requirements?
    • E-mail- You will need an email address to apply online. If you don’t already have one, free email accounts can be obtained at many sites, including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.
    • Computer/Smart Phone with Camera– You will be required to upload pictures of the documents below documents during your application session. Please have them on hand and/or already saved as pictures in your computer/smartphone before you begin:
  • Picture ID– Government picture ID for parent/guardian applying
  • Proof of AddressIf the ID above shows the wrong address, you will need to provide an additional document showing accurate address information. We will accept either a utility bill or lease/mortgage documents that include both your name and your current address.
  • Child ID/Birth Date (ages 0-12 only)– Birth Certificates are preferred although we will accept other government documentation so long as it includes the child’s name, date of birth, and parent information*.

*Custody Papers– If you are not the biological parent of the child you’re applying for, you must also prove legal guardianship.

Please make your best effort to upload all documents when you apply


Tips for a successful application:

  1. Contact information- We’ll need correct contact information, including email, phone, and street address in case we need to contact you with questions and send your appointment card.
  2. Be accurate- Make sure everything is spelled correctly, is in the right place, and that all birth dates are entered correctly. Do not skip any sections.
  3. Only apply once– Include all 0–12-year-old children under your custody in one application. Duplicate applications may be a cause for denial.
  4. Try your smartphone- The application site works with smartphones which makes document upload easier (especially if you have pictures of your documents already on your phone when you start!) Using a computer or tablet without a camera requires you to load document images onto the device before you begin, creating an extra step in the process.
  5. Upload your documents- Your application is not complete until you’ve uploaded all ID/residency and child documents! Please use “Medium” image size if given the option. Files over 10MB will not go through.
  6. Keep track of your Preregistration number– It is the easiest way to find your information. You will only see this after completing the entire application and submitting all required uploads.
  7. Be reasonable with Wishlist request- This year, you will be given the opportunity to recommend anywhere from 3-6 toys in your application. We cannot guarantee that you will get what you ask for but it will help direct Angel sponsors and staff in toy selection! We do not have the ability to accommodate requests for high-end electronics or other pricey wish items so please do not waste limited space on those kinds of requests.