Salvation Army in need of toys for Angel Tree project

Elias Hubbard
December 8, 2017

It is supported through donations of gifts through its "Angel Tree" program, in which donors choose suggested gifts from notes clipped to giving trees around the community.

The Salvation Army said it has raised funds with bell ringers for more than 130 years in Portland and almost 40 percent of the funds used for the organization's year-round services comes from the six weeks its red kettles are out.

Other ringers volunteer their time, with groups from businesses, churches and families often ringing together, he said.

Around 600 children are projected to be served this year by the organization's holiday outreach program and 250 families have been registered.

The staff will be at the Walmart in Pearl on Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Last minute shoppers turn in their gifts to The Salvation Army Angel Tree table at The Parks Mall
Last minute shoppers turn in their gifts to The Salvation Army Angel Tree table at The Parks Mall

"We see what the Salvation Army does for the community and we wanted to do our part to help", Downing said. But local families need services like our meal ministry and food pantry year-round.

Bell-ringers usually gather half of the charity's goal by now, he said, but just under 30 percent of the $255,000 has been received this year.

Salvation Army officials have run the Christmas store at least 42 seasons.

The donation is believed to be the largest cash donation in a single kettle in the Portland area.

While the choir has a Christmas event scheduled every year, members of the choir made a decision to do something different this year, according Martis Bracy, who has been a member of the Choir since it was founded in 1998.

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