Salvation Army kicks off “Rescue Christmas” campaign

Angel Tree adoptions will begin Nov. 14 and the red kettle drive will start Nov. 16
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 7:48 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Some say the gift of giving can go a long way. The Salvation Army says there is a greater need this year during the holidays. The organization kicked off its Rescue Christmas project Thursday, Nov. 12 encouraging the wiregrass to come together and make a difference this season.

This year through the Angel Tree program there are 360 angels up for Christmas gift adoption from 190 families. Each family who signs up for the angel tree program will also get a food box.

“Many of them are signing up for the first time because they can’t afford to go above and beyond at Christmas time and so we have definitely seen an increase," Captain Deanne Jones said.

Additionally, 500 seniors will be receiving food boxes.

Angels become available for adoption at the Wiregrass Commons Mall on Saturday, Nov. 14th. Other locations to adopt include both main Walmart’s and the Christian Supply Store. Angel donations are needed to be returned by December 14th.

With the nonprofits biggest fundraiser of the year, the red kettles, they have set a goal of raising $105,000. Bells will be ringing at the Wiregrass Commons Mall, Walmart’s, Sam’s Club, Hobby Lobby, Winn Dixie and Rural King.

“It’s where people can just go around, go shopping, they see a kettle out there, see someone ringing and they can put some loose change in there,” Captain Nathan Jones. "Loose change is what people hate, but it adds up.”

Only eight of the 32 volunteer spots are filled. The last day for volunteers to sign up is December 21st.

“Money is going to go directly back into the community," Captain Nathan Jones said. "It’s going to go to the people who need food, who need groceries, its going to go to people who need utilities, its going to go to our Christmas program for kids to have Christmas and have toys under the tree.”

The red kettle drive will start Monday, Nov. 16.

“Remember those who are easy to forget,” Captain Nathan Jones said.

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