Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle and Angel Tree kickoff held in Tyler

The Salvation Army held its annual Red Kettle and Angel Tree kickoff this morning at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 2:51 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Salvation Army held its annual Red Kettle and Angel Tree kickoff this morning at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.

“It’s good, and it’s important that people know that we love them, and that God loves them, and they have that support here in the community,” said Salvation Army Captain Michelle Walker.

This holiday season, 43 locations around Tyler will have volunteers ringing a bell for the iconic red kettle to raise money for The Salvation Army. Their goal is to raise $385,000. This is $3,000 more than what was raised last year.

Walker said over 2,500 angels, both children and seniors, are hoping to be adopted. This is about 400 more than last year.

KLTV’s Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto has been involved with the angel tree for 35 years and later stepped into the role of “Santa Scirto.” Reflecting on his experiences, he calls the community to action.

“There are some kids that come up with a look in their eyes that says, ‘I don’t want anything for me; I want something for my little brother, or I want something for my little sister,’” said Scirto. “So, there’s a lot of love in these children. The way to make it happen is to take one of those angels or two of those angels and try to start a tradition in your family.”

One of his grandsons told him, “sharing is caring.” Scirto said this is the time of year to care, and if we care, we share what we have with others.

“This time of year, to me and KLTV, The Salvation Army Angel Tree is the way to go,” said Scirto. “Puts smiles on children’s and seniors’ faces on Christmas morning. What’s better than that?”

Anyone interested in volunteering to ring a bell this season from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24 can sign up online.