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The Salvation Army Manatee County
1204 14th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
PH: 941-748-5110 FX: 941-749-0925
Christine M. Smith
Director of Community Relations and Development
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Salvation Army Opens All Night Toy Shop, Offers Mobile Toy Shop for residents in Manatee County
BRADENTON, Dec. 9, 2011- The Salvation Army of Manatee County in Bradenton will open its toy shop for 60 hours straight in an effort to help residents donate to the charity's annual Angel Tree program.
The 60-hour toy shop will open Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 pm and close Sunday morning at 8. It is located at 5328 24th Street, east (off State Road 70), Bradenton.
The Salvation Army has 2,800 Angels in its Angel Tree program, however 500 still need to be adopted.
The Salvation Army is hoping the toy shop will collect all the needed toys for the remaining Angels.
Along with the all night toy shop, it is also offering a mobile toy shop at various locations throughout the community (see list below).
This is the first time The Salvation Army of Manatee County has offered an all night toy shop and mobile toy shop.
Major Ethan Frizzell, The Salvation Army of Manatee County area coordinator, said he is hoping the community will support the all night and mobile toy shops.
"With 2,800 children registered for our Angel Tree
program we have called upon the community to share their compassion and generosity by adopting angels and filling the Christmas wishes of children," he said. "The Salvation Army is committed to filling the wishes of every Angel."
Frizzell said The Salvation Army prefers each angel be specifically adopted, however, he understand some are not selected.
"To ensure each registered child has their Christmas wishes fulfilled we set up a toy shop and allow the parents of the unadopted angels to select items they believe their child would enjoy", say retired Salvation Army Major Alma Gower, Angel Tree coordinator.
The mobile toy shop will visit six locations throughout Manatee County next week (Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 12 - 14) collecting toys and gifts.
Residents can visit the following centers and drop off their items:
Monday, December 12th
o Publix, 7290 55th Ave. East (near Tara) from 10 am to 1 pm
o Kmart, 6110 US 301, Ellenton from 3 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday, December 13th
o Kmart, 7350 Manatee Ave. West from 10 am to 1pm
o Walmart, 6225 SR 64 East from 3 pm to 6 pm
Wednesday, December 14th
o Walmart, 5315 Cortez Road, from 10 am to 1 pm
o Walmart, 2911 53rd Ave. East (SR 70) from 3 pm to 6 pm.
The all night toy shop is located at The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service, 5328 24th St. East (off SR 70). A group of 10 volunteers and Salvation Army staff members are expected to camp out at the toy shop each night.
For those who would like to make a donation, suggested gifts for the Angel Tree program include books, puzzles, toys or games for a variety of ages, clothing, bikes, dolls and learning items. Special needs include gift items for ages 10 to 12 years.
For more information on the Angel Tree program or the toy shop call 941-748-5110 or visit www.salvationarmybradenton.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each
year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of
every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.