Salvation Army readies Angel Tree gifts

10K dropped into Salvation Army collection kettle in Portland

The Twin Cities Salvation Army is trying to raise $11.7-million by the end of the year. That figure was almost $20,000 in early December.

"We have a planned giving department that specializes in trusts, wills and all kinds of tax-deductible giving categories", he said.

The vehicle manufacturer also presented Salvation Army officials with a check for $15,000 to cover a shortage in the charity's annual Red Kettle program.

Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, the campaign will end Saturday, Dec. 23.

"Our problem is now strictly our number of volunteers", Holland said. We keep going so we're at a good spot in that we know how many angels we know we have to fill. Have we become more like our wealthier brethren, greedy to hang on to our money and spend it on our own pleasures? They sent people out to shop for last minute gifts, and they're asking for last minute help.

Just a week before Christmas, the employees of Toyota Mississippi donated around 4,000 toys to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

The woman said since she got her ring back, she has not taken it off.

"When you see a red kettle think about us", says Ferreira.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with a kettle is asked to contact co-ordinator Amy Rivait at 519-354-1430.

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