Christmas 2015

Bell Ringing

The “miracle” of Christmas happens again and again through joy, caring, and sharing. The Salvation Army Red Kettle is a tradition of the Christmas scene in Lake County, with thousands of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless of our community.

Many of The Salvation Army programs operate only because of the time and donations we receive through the Red Kettle Campaign. Donations provide utility assistance, rental assistance, and clothing, medical and furniture vouchers to our neighbors who find themselves in an emergency situation.

Volunteers who wish to bell ring may sign-up each year by calling 847-336-1880 or by visiting Register to Ring.  The Salvation Army of Waukegan has many indoor and outdoor locations throughout the greater Waukegan and surrounding communities for ringing. Bell ringing hours vary per location and are available Monday-Saturday. Please note we do not ring on Sundays.

We have numerous kettle sites throughout Lake County. We ask that volunteers ring from around 12 noon to approximately 8pm. Please note that we do ring on Sundays. The locations throughout Lake County are a follows:

Lake County Kettle Locations


History of The Salvation Army Red Kettle - Courtesy of The Salvation Army - USA

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Angel Tree

Families can sign up for Angel Tree in late fall. Through the Angel Tree Giving Program, families with children 12 years old and younger, are allowed to pre-register and ask for necessary clothing, special-need gifts, and other with items for the children.

The Salvation Army Waukegan has prepared and witnessed a record number of families seeking help this Christmas Season as Angel Tree Sign-up was completed mid-October. With the need greater than ever, we appreciate the commitment of our local community to this program so more children living in poverty can experience the joy that one small Christmas gift can bring.

For more information on the angel Tree Program and Get Involved please call 847-336-1880.

Adopt-A Family

A diverse collection of local corporations and Lake County area families choose to anonymously “adopt” families in need during the holidays. The Salvation Army Waukegan identifies families who would benefit from the Adopt-A Family Program. The Salvation Army Waukegan matches the adopter with the adoptee and distributes the complete “Christmas Package” before Christmas.