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Wilmington, NC (Press Release) — The Salvation Army, serving New Hanover, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick counties, is pleased to announce that 2,998 children will be helped this year in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program which, with generous help from the community, gives children in need the Christmas of their dreams.

To start the new Angel Tree Season, The Salvation Army will host an Angel Tree Kickoff on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Noon inside the Independence Mall (Ruby Tuesday Entrance).  The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host the event and provide volunteers to assist Angel Adopters.  The Community Brass Band will provide Christmas music.

Placed within Independence Mall, the Angel Tree will operate from November 10 – December 17, 2017. On the tree are printed angels that have the name, age, and gift suggestions for a child “angel” registered in the program. Each angel is ready for members of the community to “adopt” (purchase gifts) for Christmas. Businesses and community organizations that would like to adopt angels or volunteer for the program can call Kim Bell at 910-443-8513 for more information.

When ready to return Angel gifts to The Salvation Army, Angel Adopters may return their gifts to the following locations:

  • The Angel Tree in Independence Mall, Wilmington.
  • The Salvation Army Family Store at 1411 Floral Parkway, Wilmington
  • The Salvation Army Family Store at 820 N Second St., Wilmington
  • The Salvation Army Family Store at 4566 Long Beach Road, Southport

    The Salvation Army is also kicking off its annual Red Kettle Campaign, with a goal of raising $300,000. The money raised in the Red Kettles helps with the agency’s social service programs. In 2017, The Salvation Army of Wilmington, NC has served more than 3,902 people through its social service programs that provide food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to those in need. An additional 1,089 people received service through The Salvation Army Red Shield Center of Hope.

    Community members who would like to volunteer to ring the bells can call Amy Clarke at 910-443-8512.

“The Salvation Army is grateful for the community and community partners. Because of their generosity, we can serve residents in need at Christmas and throughout the year with our social service programs,” said Major Mark Craddock , Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Wilmington, NC Corps.

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