In a huge, unused warehouse in the Whitaker Park complex that used to manufacture cigarettes for R.J. Reynolds, a dedicated team of volunteers and Salvation Army officers and staff are working to make Christmas dreams come true for thousands of Winston-Salem Area children.Sorting and packing all the toys and gifts that are donated to The Salvation Army Angel Tree during the Christmas season is a challenging, yet rewarding labor of love.
Martha, an employee of Novant Health, sorted and packed toys this week along with a team of co-workers, giving of their time to help families in need. Martha spoke about why she volunteers, “It’s my fourth year and a lot of people in the group with me have been here previously as well. We just really enjoy it. We know the kids and the families that receive these gifts, they may not have a Christmas otherwise.”
Salvation Army Community Outreach Liaison Robin Pardella, says there are still many opportunities to volunteer this Christmas season, “We need volunteers Monday through Saturday at our Toy Shop through December 13 and we also still need volunteers to ring bells at the Red Kettles.”
Persons interested in volunteering at the Christmas Toy Shop or to ring Red Kettle bells can go to www.SalvationArmyWS.org and push the link on the home page.
In 2017, The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem, in partnership with the Marine Corps League Post 1075 provided gifts to 5,425 children in the Winston-Salem area. Around 5,000 children are expected to be served again this year.
The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Shop is where Angel Tree Angels truly get their wings.