Salvation Army

Eligible families who meet the Dec. 11 deadline will receive food and gift assistance in mid-December.

WASILLA—The Mat-Su Valley Salvation Army is currently registering local families seeking Christmas assistance. Families across the Valley with children up to 17 years of age can register for assistance through Dec. 11.

“We are happy to be able to provide Christmas assistance to Mat-Su Valley families in need this year, especially with the ongoing increased need for food support,” Mat-Su Valley Corps Officer Major Tina Bottjen stated in a recent press release. “The Salvation Army would not be able to continue programs like these without the generosity of our community supporters.”

According to the press release, The Salvation Army assisted 335 Valley residents with food and Christmas gifts last year, distributing 122 food boxes, 989 toys and 342 items of clothing.

The Salvation Army has served 298,758 meals, gave 37,750 toys and gifts to kids in need and provided over 8,600 contacts of emotional and spiritual support helping nearly 77,000 Alaskans statewide throughout 2020.

Valley families can register in person at The Salvation Army Mat-Su Valley Corps Community Center located at 12271 East Palmer Wasilla Highway from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays. They can also register online at SAangeltree.org.

Eligible families who meet the Dec. 11 deadline will receive food and gift assistance in mid-December.

The Salvation Army is requiring the following documents for registration: photo identification for all adults in the household, birth certificates or proof of guardianship for children younger than 18 years old, proof of physical address in the Mat-Su Valley, and proof of household income.

Those looking to support the Salvation Army during the holiday season can donate online at matsuredkettle.org or by texting “KETTLES” to 91999.

For more information, call Mat-Su Valley Corps at 907-745-7079 or visit

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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