The Salvation Army of Wake County extends Angel Tree

The Salvation Army of Wake County announced today that it is extending its deadline for the Angel Tree Program. Originally slated to end on Friday, December 13, the last day of the program will now be Sunday, December 15. This will be an opportunity for those in the community to have the weekend to adopt Angels.

“We have made it known this week that we are in need of Angels to be adopted so we made the decision to give people the weekend so they can get out and adopt those Angels,” said Major Al Newsome, area commander of The Salvation Army of Wake County. “People are off on the weekends and that’s when they are out shopping. We just ask that people bring the items for the Angels back that same day as our Christmas distribution begins next week.”

The Angel Trees are located at:

* Crabtree Valley Mall, near the Kanki entrance, lower level

* Triangle Town Center, upper level Macy's entrance near Reed's Jewelers

* Walmart in Holly Springs, 7016 GB Alford Hwy, Holly Springs, NC

The week began with nearly 2,000 Angels needing to be adopted. The number is down to 1,413.

The Salvation Army of Wake County will conduct its Christmas distribution December 17 – 19 at 6140 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, in the old Havertys building. Those who registered for the Christmas Cheer Program October 28 – November 1 should come to that location at the day and time given to them during registration.

"We are thankful about how the community has stepped forward to assist with the need,” said Salvation Army of Wake County area commander Al Newsome. “We want to make sure that every child in need has a very merry Christmas. Adopting an Angel will go a long way towards fulfilling that child’s wishes.”

Angels can be adopted online by clicking on this link.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need through the support of donors. Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of gifts. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

Once a child has been registered as an “Angel,” The Salvation Army makes a promise to provide Christmas for that child. This promise includes a variety of gifts for each child. In order to accomplish this, The Salvation Army depends on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and organizations. Last year, hundreds of companies, organizations and individuals helped fulfill the gift requests of more than 8,000 children in Wake County who would otherwise have not had gifts at Christmas.

“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,” says Major Newsome.

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