Holiday Service Projects to Support the Salvation Army

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
We are once again helping ring the red kettle bell between now and Christmas Eve.  Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30/hour—enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night.  Two-hour shifts are available every day beginning at 9:00am. This year we will be serving outside of 3 Los Altos locations:  Draeger’s on First Street, Starbucks on Main Street, and Andronico’s on Fremont Avenue. To volunteer for one of the shifts from now until Christmas Eve, sign up with Paul Tokar in the Worship Center lobby on Sunday mornings or contact Paul at (408) 859-8214.

Bless a local family this holiday season! After volunteering, you will receive a family profile from the Salvation Army that will contain first names of all family members and a list of items requested, along with sizes and descriptions. You are not required to buy all of the items on their list, but at least one per person. The gifts that are provided for these families may be the only Christmas gifts under their tree!

Any individual, family, or Bridges Life Group is welcome to adopt a family. Contact Kay Tokar ( of 408 857-9409) and let her know the size/type of family you wish to “adopt”: single-parent or two parent; 1, 2, or more children; or senior couple. Kay will contact the Salvation Army and ask for a family to be assigned to you. Deadline to request a family to “adopt” is the beginning of November.

Purchased gifts need to be wrapped, with the family’s ID number on each item, and delivered to the Salvation Army (1161 S. Bernardo, Sunnyvale) on Tuesday, December 12, between 9:00 and 2:00 (a time will be assigned to you).

Lobby Christmas Tree
A Christmas tree has been set up in our Worship Center lobby, decorated with gift tags that each name a desired gift card. Take one or more gift tags, purchase the gift card shown on the tag, and return the gift card to the tree in the Worship Center lobby by Sunday, December 10 (or give it to Kay Tokar).

Baja Mission Trip 2024

Join us in Baja, Mexico, as we work with Baja Christian Ministries again on MLK Weekend, Jan. 11-15, 2024. We will be building a home for a needy family currently living in inadequate housing conditions, and conducting outreach activities in order to share God’s love with children and families. << Click here to learn more. >>

Night to Shine 2024

Bridges is partnering with several other local churches to host, in person on our campus, the 10th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Prom for teens and young adults with special needs. Mark your calendar on Fri., Feb. 9, 2024! To make this beautiful night happen, we need over 500 volunteers to make this evening a success, including help supporting parents in the parent room, parking and safety teams, decorations, hair stylists, make up artists, shoe shiners, set up, clean up, and more. For details and to sign up, visit

Questions about any service opportunity above? Contact Kathy Spillar at