To help meet the unprecedented level of need this holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army in Dodge City are working together to make it even easier for people to help others this Christmas.


Building upon a 40-year relationship of supporting people in need during the holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are bringing hope and joy to families through the expansion of programs like Angel Tree and Red Kettles, which will be out earlier, and, for the first time ever, round-up donations to The Salvation Army in-store and online.


The economic fallout of the ongoing crisis has led to a new population of families and individuals facing unemployment and financial hardships that are expected to last through the holidays and well into the coming year.


A recent study by Columbia University showed that nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since May.


In Ford County, we served 300 families on Christmas last year.


If we see the same level of increased requests for service, which would mean more families will need our help this holiday season. With that in mind, both organizations are making it easier for customers to give to those in need this Christmas.


We are so grateful to be able to work with Walmart throughout these times of uncertainty and need within our community, and help us lift some of the burdens of our families entering this holiday season. COVID-19 has left many people hopeless and weary entering this season without the resources to enable them to have a peaceful Christmas.


In most Walmart stores across the State expended partnership includes:


Starting Nov. 2, Walmart will offer customers the option to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to The Salvation Army.


Customers can do this in stores at manned cash registers, on Walmart.com or through the Walmart app. The option to donate will run through Dec. 31.


The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle and iconic bell ringers will be at participating Walmart stores even earlier this year, starting on Saturday, Nov. 21.


The Salvation Army is adopting nationally mandated safety protocols for physical kettles to help ensure the safety of bell-ringers, donors and partners.


Salvation Army Angel Trees will appear in participating Walmart stores, giving local shoppers the opportunity to select a child or children from the tree and purchase or drop off gifts onsite.


Those who prefer to do their shopping online can visit salvationarmyusa.org/walmart-angel-tree to find their closest Angel Tree Registry, either in-store or online.


Through the site, customers can shop for gifts and have them delivered directly to a local Salvation Army.


Celebrities like DJ Khaled have taken up the #RescueChristmas Challenge, encouraging others to adopt an angel from The Salvation Army Angel Tree program in their hometown.


Visit RescueChristmas.org to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year.


Every donation provides help and hope to the most vulnerable, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given.


If you need services or know of someone in need, visit SalArmyMoKan.org to find a location near you.