The need for help in the community has always been there. This year, it just happens to be greater. Due to the impact of COVID-19 in our community, The Salvation Army is setting out early to #RescueChristmas for those most in need this season. With more people in need than ever before, our mission to do the most good is even more critical.

Below are several ways you can get involved this year and help #RescueChristmas for families, individuals, and seniors facing incredible hardships this season. Your support can make their holiday season brighter. From adopting an angel to Christmas shop for, to hosting a virtual fundraising challenge, there are many ways for you to give back.

Adopt an Angel

The Salvation Army Angel Tree, in partnership with NBC12, allows the community to choose Angels (children ages 0-13) and Silver Bells (ages 62+) to provide Christmas gifts and clothing for each year. Each Angel/Silver Bell represents a child or senior who, without the support of the community, might not have a Christmas. Angel Tree first began in Central Virginia in the 1980’s and has supported thousands of individuals since – in 2021 we provided Christmas assistance for nearly 4,400 children and seniors!

Angels/Silver Bells will be available for adoption beginning in early November. This web page will continuously be updated with more information on providing Christmas assistance. If your company or organization is interested in adopting Angels or Silver Bells, click here to make your request or contact

Host a Virtual Red Kettle

The Red Kettle Challenge offers a new twist to the traditional Red Kettles seen at Christmas to raise funds for those in need in your community. With more people facing hardship this year, the need to serve those most vulnerable is greater than ever.Our ability to raise vital funds to serve those in need this Christmas and beyond is at risk due to the impact of COVID-19.

To help meet the increased need, we’re making it safer and simpler than ever for people to donate to The Salvation Army with this Red Kettle Challenge. The amount we raise with Kettles will directly affect how many families we can serve throughout the coming year. Help us bring hope to individuals and families who are struggling. We need individuals, companies, schools and churches to accept the challenge of having their own online Red Kettle – then make plans to raise $1,000 with their kettle.

Donate at a Red Kettle

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign supports the social service programs of The Salvation Army in Central Virginia throughout the year. Individuals and community groups volunteer to ring bells at various kettle locations in the area. Visitors are invited to drop a donation into the kettle. 

This year, we are making it simpler and safer than ever to donate. Visit a red kettle stand near you and donate via Apple Pay, Google Pay or simply scan the QR code to donate online. Cash donations will still be accepted as usual.

Look for a kettle near you at the following locations. *Dates may vary by location throughout the season.

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Kroger
  • Food Lion
  • Walmart

Volunteer as a Bell Ringer

Register to be a bell ringer at a Red Kettle Stand and volunteer your service. Individuals or groups can volunteer to be a bell ringer throughout the season. 

Visit to sign up for a Kettle location near you.

Volunteer at the Christmas Center

Volunteer at the Christmas Center and help be a part of the magic of the season. Volunteers help process, sort and distribute gifts to clients who are receiving assistance. 

Volunteered with us before? CLICK HERE to sign into your account and see current openings.

First time volunteer? CLICK HERE to create an account and see current openings.