All of these Seasonal Assistance programs exist due to the generosity of the Greater Green Bay community. It is through donations from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations that we are able to offer this assistance to individuals and families in need. The Salvation Army is deeply thankful for the many partners who help us make these programs possible and to the many volunteers who assist us in the registration and distributions for these programs.
Back to School Store
Service League provides The Salvation Army with spaces in its annual Back to School Store. The store is for children in kindergarten (age 5 by September 1) through 5th grade. Children going through the store receive a first day of school outfit, a backpack and school supplies. To be eligible for the Back to School Store, families must be Brown County residents, low-income and regularly receive services from The Salvation Army. The informational flyer on Back to School Store will be available for families to pick up at The Salvation Army in the month of May and will advise parents as to how they can request services.
Tools for School
This program occurs annually in August at The Salvation Army. Tools for School provides school supplies for children in kindergarten (must be 5 by September 1) through 12th grade. Information on Tools for School is available beginning mid July, by calling (920) 497-7053 ext. 2628. Parents will be instructed when to call in and provide information on numbers and grade levels of children. Parents sign up and receive their children’s school supplies the same day. Availability of supplies depends on the donations received from the community, local businesses, and churches. Families must be Brown County residents and low income.
Families can sign up for Christmas Assistance in late fall. Each child will be eligible for a book, 1 or 2 toys, stocking stuffers, a family game and the family will be eligible for a food basket. Information on when to sign up and what documents to bring to the sign up is available beginning in September by calling (920) 497-7053 and requesting the holiday assistance information line. Flyers with this information will be updated here by September 1.
Seniors and individuals without children are eligible for food baskets for Christmas. The food baskets usually contain meat, pasta or potatoes, bread/rolls, canned goods and milk to make a holiday meal. Information on when to sign up and what documents to bring to the sign up is available beginning in September by calling (920) 497-7053 and requesting the holiday assistance information line.
A diverse collection of local corporations and Green Bay area families choose to anonymously “adopt” families in need during the holidays. The Salvation Army collaborates with over 10 agencies who refer the families who will benefit from the Adopt-A-Family Program. The Salvation Army matches the adopter and the adoptee and distributes the complete “Christmas Package” before Christmas.
Seniors and disabled adults who are alone at Christmas or who may not receive gifts are referred to The Salvation Army by local agencies. The Salvation Army works with several local businesses and Bay Park Square Mall to provide Silver Bell Trees. The bells are selected by a donor who purchases the gifts. The referring agencies and The Salvation Army wrap the gifts and deliver them to the individuals in time for Christmas.
Senior Community Christmas Meal
This is a free meal, for seniors 50 and older, sponsored by Schreiber Foods. The Christmas dinner takes place at The Salvation Army the first Saturday of December. Schreiber Foods sponsors the meal and provides volunteers to help serve the meal to our older adults of Greater Green Bay. Tickets are made available in November. Entertainment follows the dinner.
Coats for Kids
Families can sign up for Coats for Kids in the fall. Coat distribution occurs in mid-November. One child in each family receives a new winter coat and the other children receive gently used winter coats. Information on when to sign up and what documents to bring to the sign up is available beginning in September by calling (920) 497-7053 and requesting the holiday assistance information line. If you missed the sign up days for Coats for Kids and are in need of a coat, you can call our Social Services receptionist at (920) 593-2379 beginging mid November.
Caring Community Ministries
Officers and volunteers visit several nursing homes throughout Brown County sharing the message of our Savior Jesus Christ’s birth at Christmas and distribute gifts to the residents. At Easter they visit and share the good news of our Savior’s Resurrection.