Salvation Army begins Angel Tree and Red Kettle initiatives
Wilmington, NC – The Salvation Army of Cape Fear, serving New Hanover, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick counties, is pleased to announce that 3,000 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 16, 2018, at 12:00 Noon inside the Independence Mall (San Felipe 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. The Salvation Army is pleased to share that Harris Teeter serves as the main sponsor of The Salvation Army Angel Tree.
Placed within Independence Mall, the Angel Tree will operate from November 10 – December 10, 2018. 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 Dottie Playforth at 910-762-2070 for more information.
When ready to return Angel gifts to The Salvation Army, Angel Adopters may return their unwrapped, new 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 $325,000. The money raised in the Red Kettles helps with The Salvation Army’s social service programs. In 2018, The Salvation Army of Wilmington, NC has served more than 4,000 people through its social service programs that provide food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to those in need.
Over 1,000 additional 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 Angela Fox at 910-762-2070.
“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.