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Salvation Army needs distribution center for endangered Angel Tree campaign

HUNTSVILLE – In a new twist, the local Salvation Army is hoping someone will grant its very urgent wish for Christmas – a large storage space for the holiday season.

The 158-year old charitable organization needs a distribution center in the Huntsville area for its annual Angel Tree Christmas Campaign. The Salvation Army is concerned it won’t be able to meet the local community’s wishes and needs unless someone steps forward.

The Salvation Army requires a place 15,000 square feet or larger from Nov. 10-Dec. 24 to handle the large influx of toys and gifts as well as efficiently distribute them to Angels and their families.

The Angel Tree Christmas Campaign provides presents, clothing and food to more than 3,500 children and seniors in need Christmas morning.

“For a program that started back in 1979, it has grown immensely year after year, which in turn means we need a larger space to meet the needs of our Angels and their families,’’ Maj. Richard Watts of The Salvation Army Huntsville said. “Huntsville/Madison County has always been so great to The Salvation Army, and we want an amazing Christmas season for the community this year.”

If anyone has any information on an available buildingr in the Huntsville area, contact The Salvation Army at 256-542-8039. Also, if you would like to volunteer for bell-ringing or to
adopt Angels call 256-536-5576.

Without adequate space, The Salvation Army fears many in need in the community will go
without this Christmas season. The need is greater this year for families due to inflation and higher gas and food prices.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States.

Nearly 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through an array of social services ranging 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.

The Army spends 82 cents of every dollar to support those services in 5,000
communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyalm.org.

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