Released 7 December 2011
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SEVIERVILLE, TENN. - December 7, 2011 - The Salvation Army
has issued an urgent plea to the Sevier County community to help provide
Christmas toys and clothing for nearly 800 children this year. The
program, which relies solely on community involvement, helps Sevier County
families in need each Christmas. The original deadline was Thursday,
December 8, but to date, only half the names have been adopted so the deadline
is being extended until Tuesday, December 13.
"Each angel represents a child in our community who needs help," explained
Lt. Justin Caldwell, Salvation Army Corps Officer in Sevierville.
"Shoppers need only to take an angel from the tree. Each angel has the
clothing needs and information for the child on it so they can make the
Sevierville shoppers will find Salvation Army Angel Trees at the following
- Cracker Barrel (Pigeon Forge North and South, Sevierville and Kodak)
- Tennessee State Bank (Gatlinburg locations, Pigeon Forge locations, Wears
Valley and Music Row)
- Starbucks in Tanger Outlet Center
- Sevier County Bank
- Vanity Fair
- Applebee's Restaurant
- Family Dollar (Kodak and Sevierville)
- National Fitness
- Texas Roadhouse (Pigeon Forge and Sevierville)
The Salvation Army has been serving East Tennesseans since 1899.
"Sevier County residents have always supported our work and we are confident
that they will rise to the challenge again," said Caldwell.
Adopted Angels should be returned to the location where they were picked up
or delivered to the Salvation Army's Christmas Distribution Center in Belz
Outlet mall next to Pottery Barn.
For more information, contact Lt. Justin Caldwell at (865) 428-1789.
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.