Released 13 December 2012
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TENN - December 13, 2011 - The Salvation Army, along with hundreds of
volunteers and donors, have been preparing for Christmas since September.
Their work will culminate this Saturday in
the Angel Tree distribution. Over 700
families registered for Christmas assistance command-wide this year meaning over
1.600 children and 100 seniors will receive Christmas gifts through The
Salvation Army program. Moreover, they will also provide presents for 110
residents in its four shelter programs and deliver Christmas presents to about
nursing home residents before Christmas Day.
"Angel Tree distribution day is one
of the most exciting and rewarding days The Salvation Army has all year," said
Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte.
"Most think the Angel Tree campaign runs from September through December
when in actuality it is a year-round team effort."
Hundreds of individuals,
families, church groups and businesses began adopting Angels in
September. Those gifts have been purchased, labeled and
sorted and are almost ready for distribution on Saturday.
The distribution will take place
Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Food Lion grocery
store located at 6221
River View Crossing. Hundreds of volunteers are scheduled to help.
Families who will be receiving
assistance should have already been notified.
Only families who have been interviewed and accepted into the program
will receive assistance on Saturday. If
families need assistance or more information, please call 525-9401.
About The Salvation Army
Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without
discrimination for 130 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 spent is used to carry out
those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.