Christmas Assistance 2016

We are especially busy and blessed during Christmas with our Adopt-a-Family/Senior, Toy Shop and Holiday Gift Baskets programs. These efforts help give the gift of hope to hundreds of lower-income families in our community with an opportunity to receive gifts, have gifts for their children and funds to purchase food for a Christmas dinner celebration.

Our 2016 Toy Shop and Adopt-A-Family Distribution Center is located at:

4020 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 

2016 Schedule: Adopt A Family Program

Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6:  Open for Sponsor Deliveries (8:30 a.m.-- 6 p.m.)

Thursday, December 8, 2016: Adpoted Families Pick Up Their Christmas (8:30 a.m -- 6 p.m.)

2016 Schedule: The Salvation Army Toy Shop

Tuesday, December 13: Ribbon Cutting, 9 a.m., Open 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14: Open 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 15: Open 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m.


Last year, more than 500 famlies were sponsored through our Adopt A Family program. Local Salvation Army facilities and dozens of local agencies and schools refer families and seniors for consideration to receive the benefits of Adopt-A-Family. Families and seniors are paired with kind-hearted and generous sponsors who purchase and wrap gifts and drop them off at our distribution center.

» Want to Help? Become a sponsor.

» Read Testimonies From Adopt-a-Family Recipients

Toy Shop

The Salvation Army Toy Shop distributes thousands of books, toys, dolls, stuffed bears and more for children in need. Toys are made possible from our friends and partners at The U.S. Marines Reserve through the generosity of the annual Marines' Toys for Tots program and by financial contributions to The Salvation Army which allow us to purchase additional toys for the program.

Books, dolls and stuffed bears are provided byThe Salvation Army's Toy Shop Auxiliary through their annual Charity Doll Auction and countless volunteer hours. Through these efforts, and the generosity of many donors, toys, dolls, stuffed bears and books are made available to low-income children up to age 13.

Participation in Toy Shop is completed via an on-site registration process, generally held in late October each year. Parents or guardians wishing to register an age-appropriate child (or children) need to register at one of the area Salvation Army facilities. Once registration details are finalized for any given year, they will appear at the top of this page.

Holiday Gift Baskets

Each year, hundreds of gift baskets are distributed to families that might not otherwise have a great meal for Christmas. The Salvation Army relies upon the generosity of local donors to supply the contents for these bountiful gift baskets, as well as financial contributions providing the means to purchase items for the baskets.

If you'd like to help out, please contact your local Salvation Army Community Center. » Locate your nearest center.

Homeless Outreach

The Salvation Army in Cincinnnati serves homeless individuals in the local community.  By offering hot meals, beverages and winter warming kits (hats, gloves, blankets and hand-warmers), those living on the streets receive respite on a cold winter days.

Questions? Call us at 513-762-5600