Salvation Army needs help as holidays near
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The start of the holiday season is just days away and the Salvation Army is working hard to help local families.
“The holidays are really the time when I think the Salvation Army shines,” said Maj. Richard Watts the commanding officer for the Cape Fear area Salvation Army.
Watts said during this time of year, the organization is busy ringing bells, chopping wood, collecting toys and prepping meals. They plan to serve four meals at their shelter on Thanksgiving Day and already gave 250, $50 gift cards to area families to assist with Thanksgiving dinner.
As for Christmas, the organization relies on the funds collected by bell ringers. Watts says all the funds collected by bell ringers are used to purchase toys, food, and other items for local families.
“We’re hoping that by Christmas Eve, all the toys will be delivered and all the kids will be nestled in their beds and will all wake up to a warm and wonderful Christmas,” said Watts.
Watts added that things are a little slower than usual right now as far as bell ringing fundraising.
“There have been some changes in policies at some stores, we’ve rung a little bit later, and we haven’t hit the big time of the year after Thanksgiving,” he said.
He does expect things to pick up as we get closer to the Christmas holiday.
On Dec. 15, WWAY will once again sponsor a one-day “Blitz” to restock the Salvation Army’s food Pantry. This event will take place at the Krispy Kreme in Wilmington.