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Seasonal Events and Campaigns

Throughout the year, The Salvation Army of Spokane helps our most vulnerable members of our community meet their needs. Our events change lives.

Last year, we helped more than 40,000 people throughout the Spokane County Region.

Providing Seasonal Events to Spokane's Low or No Income Families Year-Round

"Backpacks for Kids helped my children get the school supplies they needed when our family was out of work. Without The Salvation Army of Spokane and the work they do, our kids wouldn't have those things".

June 2017

Summer Camp Opportunities

Every summer, The Salvation Army in Spokane helps kids of all ages go to camp. Camp Gifford is a Christian camp owned and operated by The Salvation Army in Spokane, Washington. Every summer nearly 1,000 children and teens come to camp to be challenged, taught and to have a lot of fun while learning about themselves, the environment, and God. Young people ages 7-17 are able to attend camp as a camper? Participating in our youth (ages 7-12) or teen (ages 13-17) camping programs. Additionally, young people ages 14 and over have opportunities to participate in L.A.M.P. (the Leadership And Mentoring Program) or become staff (15 years +) at Camp Gifford.


For more information about sending your child to camp, contact The Salvation Army of Spokane at (509) 325-6810.

July 2017

Back-To-School Supplies

Starting a new school year may be a thrill of many kids, however it can also cause anxiety and stress for families when they are faced with the expense of buying new clothes, shoes, and other supplies. Many families struggle with paying for the items, clothing, and school supplies that their children need, and many kids unfortunately go without basic back-to-school necessities.

This is where The Salvation Army can help. The Salvation Army provides thousands of kids across the country with new clothes, supplies, and really confidence as many kids are able to obtain the right ingredients and items that are needed for success in the classroom. Many families that need help with obtaining school supplies for their children can get assistance from the Salvation Army. Our organization offers qualified families a number of resources provided in partnership with major retailers, while other Back-To-School programs are administered directly by us. We are also supported by a number of volunteers and volunteer organizations, partnerships, local and national businesses. Families with children of school age (K-12) - and meet the low income level requirement - may apply to receive back to school supplies every year before school starts.

For more information about what back-to-school resources are available in your area, contact The Salvation Army of Spokane at (509) 325-6810

August 2017

Backpacks For Kids - Sponsored by Cenex Zip Trip

Backpacks For Kids is the largest backpack and school supply distribution in the Northwest Region. We anticipate handing out more than 5,000 backpacks filled with supplies to children in our community. First come, First served!

Salvation Army Community Center, 222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane

Resource Fair: 

Join us and dozens of vendors offering free ID cards, haircuts, dental supplies, finance education, health information and much more!

Salvation Army Community Center Gymnasium - Free and open to the public!

Please bring the following for backpack registration: Photo ID of parent, Photo ID or Proof of Child's identification (Medical Card, etc), Proof of Address (Avista bill, etc)

December 2017

Christmas Assistance

The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. Among the many programs provided by The Salvation Army, those that particularly bring joy at Christmas are the Adopt-a-Family, Angel Tree and Holiday Food Baskets. Together, these programs help to ensure that hundreds of lower-income families in our community have an opportunity to receive gifts, have gifts for their children and funds to purchase food for a Christmas dinner celebration.

For more information about what assistance is available and service locations, contact The Salvation Army of Spokane at (509) 325-6810

December 2017

Christmas Adopt-A-Family

Salvation Army families receive Christmas gifts via the Adopt A Family Program. Qualified families include those in the Salvation Army Social Service's Programs and those living on The Salvation Army campus in transitional or shelter housing. All other community families are encouraged to visit Toys For Tots and the Catholic Charities Christmas Bureau.

To adopt a family, do an Angel Tree or make a monetary donation to the Adopt-A-Family program call (509) 280-9431 or e-mail spokanechristmas@usw.salvationarmy.org.

December 2017

Clothe A Child

This annual December event - held in partnership with JC Penney - enables more than 200 low income children a one time chance at a shopping spree for clothing, shoes and coats at JC Penney. Children are chosen by local school counselors based on need.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help support the Clothe-A-Child program, please call (509) 329-2721.

To sign up as a volunteer shopper or to make a donation, please call (509) 329-2721.

December 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner

On the 24th of December, The Salvation Army of Spokane will serve their annual Christmas Eve Dinner to the public. This dinner hosts over 265 individuals and families that are seeking a warm meal and fellowship during the Holiday season. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact our volunteer coordinator at (509) 329-2721. 

December 2017

Christmas Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army's best known fundraiser! The annual campaign involves hiring 200+ bell ringers and organizing 150+ volunteers who work tirelessly in November and December to encourage others to put money in our iconic red kettles. Money raised goes to support all of our programs year round. This year's campaign goal is to raise $424,000.

Bell Ringer Hiring - Applications available October 2017. Call (509) 325-6810 for more information or stop by the Salvation Army Administration Building for an application.

Volunteers/Groups - If you are interested in volunteering as a Red Kettle Bell Ringer, call Jason Johnson (509) 329-2721 for more information and available times.

Corporate/Team Kettles - If you are interested in having a corporate, team, organization, school or church group kettle call (509) 329-2721 for information.

To sponsor a Red Kettle - call (509) 329-2732.