Salvation Army of Phoenix to provide free meals, gifts on Christmas Day

Dec 24, 2020, 5:25 AM
(The Salvation Army of Phoenix Photo)...
(The Salvation Army of Phoenix Photo)
(The Salvation Army of Phoenix Photo)

PHOENIX — The Salvation Army will be providing a free Christmas dinner on Friday for all Phoenix-area residents in need of a warm meal.

Meal service will be held in the south building of the Phoenix Convention Center, located at the corner of Washington and Third streets.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and distribution will end at 12:30 p.m., unless meals run out first.

The annual holiday dinner will look a bit different this year, due to health and safety measures implemented for coronavirus concerns.

Guests will not be allowed to sit down and eat. All meals will be served in to-go containers and can be picked up either by waiting in a socially-distanced line or by drive-thru on the east side of the building.

Face masks are required to enter the building and hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout.

Activities usually provided at the Christmas event, such as meeting Santa, family photos, haircuts and live entertainment, will not take place this year.

However, each family will receive a board game or puzzle with their hot meal, while supplies last.

The organization says they are still in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to those who are homebound and unable to attend the event.

As more families struggle to make ends meet amid the pandemic, the Salvation Army estimates it will serve around 9,000 meals, including the delivered meals.

Everyone who is in need of a meal is welcome to come. No advance registration is required.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Fall Out Boy performs at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 4, 2017, in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam ...
Kevin Stone

Fall Out Boy returning to Phoenix this summer for 1st time in 6 years

Fall Out Boy is returning to Phoenix for the first time in six years this summer when the pop punkers hit the road to support a new album.
10 hours ago
(NPS Photo/Neal Herbert)...

Grand Canyon National Park opens self-guided river trip lottery

Grand Canyon National Park has begun accepting applications for 2024 self-guided river raft trip permits on the Colorado River.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Donald Babiano)...
Griselda Zetino

Empty seats: COVID pandemic not the only reason for spike in chronic absenteeism in Arizona

The number of Arizona students missing school has skyrocketed over the last few years. The COVID pandemic isn’t the only reason.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Over Easy Restaurant)...

Breakfast restaurant Over Easy plans to open 3 Valley locations this year

Breakfast and brunch restaurant Over Easy announced plans to open three new locations across the Valley this year.
10 hours ago
(Surveillance footage video provided by the Glendale Police Department)...
SuElen Rivera

Glendale police seek public’s help identifying suspect in Circle K robbery

Glendale police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a robbery in December, authorities said.
10 hours ago
Clint Hickman (Maricopa County Photo via Cronkite News)...
Kevin Stone

Maricopa County’s Clint Hickman on election threats: ‘It has to stop’

Clint Hickman, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said he's sick and tired of threats aimed at elections workers who are just doing their jobs.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Salvation Army of Phoenix to provide free meals, gifts on Christmas Day