The Salvation Army locations across Boston are still accepting applications for holiday assistance through its annual Boston Christmas Castle distribution. Boston residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible given that spots fill up quickly.
“This holiday season, our social services teams in Boston and across the Commonwealth are seeing nearly a 50% increase in requests for assistance,” said Jeffrey Bailey, Director of Social Services, The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division. “Many of the individuals and families who are coming to us have never needed to ask for help. Despite the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, inflation, evictions, job loss, and more, we are able to bring hope to those who need it. The Salvation Army is delivering on its promise to provide critical services and love to all in need this Christmas and beyond.”
The non-profit’s annual Boston Christmas Castle distribution will assist at least 3,000 pre-registered families in need during a three-day distribution event held at The Salvation Army’s Boston Kroc Center from December 12-14. Each year, the event makes the holiday season brighter for thousands of Boston-area individuals and their family members who are struggling financially.
As inflation drives the cost of living higher, millions of Americans face the growing threat of poverty and the inability to provide for themselves or their families during the holidays. The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division is a critical resource and part of the safety net for these populations across every zip code in Massachusetts.
“Our goal is to help as many families in need as possible,” said Bailey. “No one should have to choose between putting food on their table or a gift under the tree.”
To register for holiday assistance and for other resources, Boston residents should visit their local Boston Salvation Army Corps Community Center or visit www.salvationarmyma.org/bostonholidayhelp.
Thanks to Christmas Castle sponsors including MFS Investment Management, AGC Partners, and Eversource, The Salvation Army is able to fulfill holiday wishes and provide life-changing social services and other programs for thousands of people in Massachusetts annually. To learn more about volunteer and giving opportunities visit www.salvationarmyma.org.
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 25 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,200 centers of operation around the country. During times of disaster, 100% of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit SalvationArmyMA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyMA and #DoingTheMostGood.