Merry Christmas! It’s Finally Here: The 2018 Angel Tree Distribution Day With The Salvation Army

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte just got a little brighter this morning as thousands of kids are getting ready for a holiday surprise of a lifetime.

Thanks to the hard work of The Salvation Army and generous people in the community- these children will have a merry Christmas filled with toys, bikes and clothes.

The Salvation Army and its community partners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to officially open its Christmas Center located at 801 E. Arrowood Road and showcase the community’s efforts to help more than 7,300 kids and roughly 1,5000 senior citizens this holiday season as part of its annual Angel Tree program.

Distribution begins Friday and ends Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The Salvation Army Christmas Center serves as the hub where more than 3,100 families who registered to receive help for their children will return to receive their gifts.

Approximately 50 families every 15 minutes will come through the Christmas Center to receive gifts, greeted by the sounds of Christmas carols and warm welcomes of Salvation Army employees and community volunteers. If a family was not provided a bike by a donor, they will have the opportunity to “spin the wheel” to win a bike from The Spokes Group.

“One thing we know about Charlotte is that it’s a community that always steps up when there is a need,” Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte said. “The economy is better for many, but there are still thousands of families not feeling its effects. This year, more than 3,000 families going through difficult times will experience the hope of Christmas because of the generosity of the caring citizens of Charlotte.”

Each family will also receive a free box of food, put together by Second Harvest Food Bank and its volunteers. Each child will also receive much-needed school supplies donated from the Charlotte Observer’s Empty Stocking Fund.

Each Christmas, families register with The Salvation Army during the month of October. Each child’s name is placed on a tag, which can then be found on the various Angel Trees in malls or other places of business. “Angels” not adopted or returned by individuals or corporations are able to receive gifts thanks to generous financial donations and numerous toy drives conducted by Salvation Army community partners.

Click HERE to see Rising’s Wilson with the Salvation Army and Two Men and a Truck at the Subway Salvation Army Angel Tree Stuff the Truck event where everyone involved was able to COMPLETELY STUFF THE TRUCK with toys, bikes and stuffed animals! What a difference this charitable event will make for so many kids in our community.