The Christmas season starts early for The Salvation Army. It begins in October when more than 6,000 families register for assistance through our Angel Tree program. Since that time, the spirit of Christmas was seen all throughout Mecklenburg County. All you had to do was look inside The Salvation Army Christmas Center, where hundreds of volunteers convened to sort and distribute thousands of toys collected through the Angel Tree program and Magical Toy Drive.
Because of the community, more than 11,000 children had toys under the Christmas tree a few days ago. Each angel on the Angel Tree represents a child in need, and more than 7,000 of those angels were adopted this year.
Any angel not selected was not forgotten. One of the 2,214 volunteers hand-packed a bag with toys collected during the Magical Toy Drive (which collected over 9,000 toys this year) or purchased with money from the Charlotte Observer’s Empty Stocking Fund.
At the Christmas Center last week, happiness and thankfulness were all that could be seen. Parents who were struggling to purchase gifts for their children now knew that the pressure of Christmas was lifted because of your support.
Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. Thank you for helping to make that happen.