Salvation Army Angel Tree and Kettle programs start

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can now find Christmas music, Christmas trees and decorations all around the Independence Mall as the Salvation Army kicked off their Angel Tree and Kettle programs today.

It’s never too early to start thinking about shopping for Christmas for your families, but there are thousands of kids on our community that need your help to have a special holiday too.

The Angel Tree program allows you to pick a child in need who has given a list of desirable Christmas items such as clothes, a bike, a football, or a barbie.

Each angel has their name, age, and their size so anything you buy for them goes directly to them.

As far as the Kettle program, you’ve probably seen volunteers ringing a bell outside of businesses collecting donations that goes toward buying toys and food during the holidays.

“All of this is driven by the community, said Major Richard Watts, Wilmington Corps Officer. “We are just steering the bus, but it’s driven by the wonderful Wilmington community and their generosity and willingness to help those in need.”

Major Watts says last year they were able to give about 5,000 children a great Christmas thanks to the Angel Tree program.

He says nearly 40,000 toys were distributed to families with the help from 2,800 volunteers.

Click here if you would like to volunteer or help a child out this holiday season.

Also, it won’t be long until you can have the chance to give and receive during the holidays.

WWAY is again proud to sponsor the one-day blitz to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Last year you donated more than nine tons of food to help people in need in our community.

Help us beat that record Tuesday, December 15 at Krispy Kreme on South College Road in Wilmington. Donate five non-perishable food items and get a coupon for a free dozen donuts.

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