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Salvation Army rushes to gather Angel Tree gifts for 'Forgotten Angels'

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Edmund Robinson | 20 December, 2017, 01:33

Money donated goes to the Salvation Army's local programs.

The Salvation Army struck gold again in its red collection kettles over the weekend in southeast Portland. The Angel Tree distribution day is today. We had been drawn several years ago, so I thought what are the chances of that happening again, but they picked us again this year.

"It's a blessing to have the Salvation Army in my life right now", said Angel Tree recipient Pansy Saunders. "And if a child asked for a specific thing that was not filled, we can use these toys to add to the angels that have already been returned by the volunteer shoppers". In the last 10 months, 130 individuals or families have reached the help they desperately needed through the joint assistance provided by St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. "When we started, we were able to put the toys in little barrels".

"They just wouldn't work out, they're just too expensive", said Flanagan.




As of December 13, the kettles have raised a total of $473,620. "Without them, we wouldn't have a Red Kettle Campaign!"

Christmas will be a lot brighter for many needy families, thanks to a toy drive at the Blue Springs Toyota plant, and a surprise donation from the automaker. "Our external affairs department found a way to come up with the money to pick up this worthy cause".

"Streator is a really giving community, so yes, I'm optimistic, but it's close", she said.

Salvation Army bell ringers have become as much a part of the Christmas season as Santa.

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