SMITHFIELD – The Salvation Army has a history of seeing and meeting the needs of families in the communities in which they live. The Angel Tree program is no different.
In 1979, Lieutenant Colonel’s Charles and Shirley White started a program that provided toys and clothing for children in need in Lynchburg, Virginia. Salvation Army commands all over the country have adopted this program of spreading Christ through Christmas giving.
On Wednesday, December 19th the Salvation Army of Smithfield, along with its donors, helped over 500 children and families this Christmas season.
“We are so thankful for the many anonymous individual donors that have taken Angels from the Wal-Mart Christmas trees,” said Lynn Ragsdale a member of the local Salvation Army Board of Advisors. “We are also thankful for the groups listed below who generously adopted Angels. Finally, the Salvation Army would also like to thank everyone who participated in the Inez Fitts Toy Run earlier this month, who donated over 150 toys for the forgotten Angels.”
The 2018 Angel Tree participants included Holly Cross, Hales Corps, Heart & Vascular, Centenary UMC, Amelia Station Apt, St. Paul Episcopal Church, Carolina Packers, Woodman Life, Artistry in Motion, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, United Community Bank, Campbell University, Sysco, Bakers School of Dance, Cleveland Child Care, NC Wildlife, Kim Jackson, and Johnston and Harnett County Corrections.