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The Salvation Army Angel Tree Distributiuon Set For This Saturday

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Released 13 December 2012

KNOXVILLE, 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 100 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

The 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



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