The Salvation Army Seeks Volunteers on Christmas Day

Dec 13, 2016 | by Sally Robb Haims

December 13, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – On Christmas day, the Salvation Army needs volunteers to prepare meals, as well as drivers to help deliver meals to thousands who cannot leave their homes because of age or illness. For some recipients, a visit from a Salvation Army volunteer is the only contact from the outside world they will receive that day.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Salvation Army, but the need is greatest during the holiday season. Many in the San Francisco community are stretched thin or hurting this time of year. “The Salvation Army is all about people helping people, and volunteers are the heartbeat of the Army.  They bring an undeniable sense of joy and warmth, whether at the kettle wishing happy holidays to a shopper or serving a meal and offering a smile to a senior,” said Lieutenant Colonel Cindy Foley, Divisional Commander, Golden State Division.

For over a half-century, The Salvation Army has provided a fresh meal on Christmas to those who cannot access congregate meal sites (Glide Memorial, St. Anthony’s, etc.) because of their frail physical condition. The effort takes over 200 volunteers, both in meal preparation, meal packaging, and delivery, as well as hundreds of hours of preparation.

Volunteers to prepare meals are needed on Sunday, December 25, 2016 from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at The Salvation Army Central Kitchen at 850 Harrison Street. Volunteer drivers to deliver meals are needed on Sunday, December 25, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army South of Market Corps at 360 4th Street.  Drivers must provide their own vehicle and bring at least one passenger with them. On-site that morning, volunteers will receive an orientation and refreshments.

Sign up online at For questions about volunteering, contact Major Cheryl Kinnamon via email at

About The Salvation Army
Since 1883, The Salvation Army has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area, offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need. The Army has 16 facilities throughout San Francisco providing a myriad of services, including youth programs, meal delivery, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, transitional housing, and nutritional and housing support for seniors. In addition, The Salvation Army provides emergency response services. For more information on Salvation Army activities in San Francisco, visit

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