Salvation Army Angel Tree and Christmas Kettle programs begin

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army of Wilmington Angel Tree and Christmas Kettle programs are underway.

The charity held a ceremony at Independence Mall in Wilmington Friday to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The first angels were picked and the first donations were dropped in the kettle during it.

“We have so many children that still suffering because of flooding and damage to their homes, lost of property and so forth that we are seeing an increase people applying,” Maj. Richard Watts, Salvation Army Wilmington Corps Officer, said.

Major Watts says in order to meet that demand, they will need help from you.

“My favorite part is when you give toys and baskets and you see the response,” Watts said. “You see mothers in tears. I am a product of that. The Salvation Army helped me when I was a little child so here the opportunity to give back.”

Last year, the Angel Tree program provided toys, clothing and food for more than 5,000 children and distributed more than 86,000 toys, bikes, coats and gifts in the Cape Fear area.

You can get involved by picking out an angel from the tree, collect the items listed, and drop them off at the Independence Mall.

Independence Mall is the headquarters for Angel Tree drop-off but there are many other places where you can donate.

Also, WWAY will also be partnering with the Salvation Army for our One-Day Blitz to restock the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Krispy Kreme in Wilmington on November 17.

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