One Weekend Can Make a Magical Christmas for 2,318 Children


The Salvation Army Says There is Still Time Left to Give 

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (Friday, December 6, 2013) With its Christmas Gift Distribution a little over a week away, The Salvation Army of Wake County still needs community members to “adopt” and provide for nearly 2,318. Though corporate and online adoptions have increased, the need has also increased from the previous year. December 6-9 is the final weekend that the Angel Trees at the malls and is also the weekend of Walmart’s Fill the Truck Event. The Salvation Army is hopeful that the next few days will make the difference for the 2,318 children on Christmas day.

The Salvation Army registered 8,707 children from WakeCounty into its Christmas Cheer Program which guarantees children new toys, but also strives to provide new winter clothing and stockings filled with goodies. The angel trees will be up at Crabtree Valley Mall, TriangleTownCenter and CaryTowneCenter until December 9. Here shoppers can adopt a child need by simply purchasing a top and bottom for a child or one outfit. “Clothing is by far the greatest need this season. We registered boys and girls ages 0-12 years old,” says Lizzy Adams, Director of Public Relations. Adams continues, “because the sizes are larger, we have a harder time filling the clothing for the older children.”  Even the donation of a pair of pants, shoes, or shirt can be a tremendous help. “Receiving donations of new clothing allows us to supplement for angels that did not get adopted and would not receive nothing otherwise,” states Director of Operations and Communications, Paige Bagwell.

Also, this weekend select Walmarts in WakeCounty will also host the Fill the Truck event where shoppers can drop off new toys for children in the Christmas Cheer Program. Those not facing the holiday crowds can adopt angels online at or make a monetary donation that will be used to help a child in need this Christmas. 

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