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TYLER, November 8, 2013—The Salvation Army Angel Tree program will kick-off today, at The Broadway Square Mall. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m., in front of JC Penney and Chick-Fil-A. The Angel Tree is a great way for the community to come together and provide a joyous Christmas for children and seniors who are less fortunate by providing them with Christmas gifts.
The Tyler Junior College Brass Ensemble will be providing several musical selections during the kick-off. Corporate sponsors play a huge part in the success of the Angel Tree program. This year’s corporate sponsors are Wal-Mart on South Broadway, Wal-Mart on Hwy 64 West, Regions Bank, Marvin United Methodist Church, and Rose City Bingo. This year hundreds of families will receive bicycles thanks in part to Pollard United Methodist Church who donated and assembled over 200 bicycles. Volunteers are a crucial part of the success of the Angel Tree program and without them thousands of children and seniors would experience the saddening feeling of seeing an empty Christmas tree on Christmas morning.
The Salvation Army believes that Christmas should be a time of celebration, joy, and hope, not discouragement, worry, and stress. However, The Salvation Army itself does not have the ability to buy Christmas presents for every needy child in the community. This is the reason behind The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Each Christmas season, children of low-income families as well as senior are placed on the Angel Tree and community members who are financially able “adopt” these angels for Christmas and purchase gifts for the angel they have selected. This program embodies the spirit of Christmas and enables the community to become neighbors to the less fortunate among us. But the important thing to remember is that none of these children or seniors will have presents to open on Christmas morning without the help of the community.
The Salvation Army is confident in the generosity of the Tyler community who will rise up as it always does to make the miracle of Christmas happen for these most vulnerable “angels” in our community. Donations can be made at www.salvationarmytexas.org/tyler or by calling 903-592-4361.
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