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January 1, 2016

Dear High Point Community:

The Salvation Army of High Point would like to thank the community for donating gifts and volunteering to help with the many programs we offer during the Christmas season. To FOX8, The High Point Enterprise, and other local news organizations, we thank you for your dedication and commitment to cover each of our events so that every child could have a very Merry Christmas.

Through your generous donations and support of the Old Dominion/FOX8 Triad Holiday Food Drive, a record 537,632 non-perishable food items were collected around the triad for families in need. Thank you to the Rotary Club of High Point for their leadership in the Designs to Fight Hunger project and congratulations on being the top bell- ringing group by raising over $6,000 through the annual red kettle campaign.

We would like to recognize our 2016 Adopt a Kettle sponsors: Crescent Ford, Smart Choice Insurance, Hal Surratt CPA, Ilderton Dodge, The High Point Realtor’s Association, and Wyatt, Early, Harris, and Wheeler Attorneys. Special thanks to The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Women’s Auxiliary and all of our wonderful volunteers from the community who helped organize toys and ring bells so that we can continue doing the most good all year long!

The Salvation Army would also like to thank each individual and every company who adopted angels, donated toys, bought clothing, or gave financially to help us provide Christmas gifts to over 1,400 children through the Northstate/FOX8 Gifts for Kids campaign. Thank you to our friends at Lowes Home Improvement for their incredible gift of $152,437 to provide gifts for families in need and for volunteering their time to help on our distribution day. Thank you all for stepping up to the plate to give a helping hand to those in need.

Thank you to the Harris families of Furnitureland South who purchased new toys and shoes for each child spending Christmas in our homeless shelter. Thank you to our local Sheetz partners for purchasing gifts for children in current crisis situations, and to Blakely Financial for donating art supplies for the students at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

High Point University students generously stuffed over 1,100 stockings with toys and hygiene items; fulfilling over 70% of our total stocking goal! To all who contributed, we say thank you! Also, to our friends at High Point University, we express our sincerest thanks for sponsoring our angel tree program and allowing us to use the community center so that we could distribute food and gifts to over 600 families in need this year.

Your generosity continues to bless us into the New Year, through the 30th annual A Cleaner World Give- a-Kid-a-Coat campaign. Thank you for donating new and gently used coats to help your neighbors stay warm this winter.

On behalf of those served by the ministry of The Salvation Army, and from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.

May God bless you.

Bobby Jackson, Captain

Corps Officer