The holiday season tends to be one of joy for many in our community. However, for families and individuals who are struggling financially, the holidays can be a very dark time. The Salvation Army’s holiday programs, such as Toy ‘n’ Joy and Adopt a Family allow the people of Clark County, Washington to give a hand up to the struggling amongst us.
Our Toy ‘n’ Joy program in Vancouver, Washington brightens the lives of thousands of children each year who otherwise would have no gifts to open during the holidays. Toy ‘n’ Joy is a purely volunteer-driven program – with people from all over the Southwest Washington donating toys, time and expertise – and is a testament to the power of people coming together to help their neighbors in need.
Families who are in desperate need of basics such as food, clothing and household items are placed in the care of our Adopt a Family program. Each family creates a wish list of items and is matched with a volunteer donor team. Corporations, families and school groups adopt families in our programs, generously meeting the family’s needs and instilling hope in those who have none.