Tyler Salvation Army kicks off annual Angel Tree drive
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Salvation Army of Tyler kicked off its annual Angel Tree drive Thursday with a ceremony at the Broadway Square Mall. Their goal is to give a Christmas present to 2,500 kids and seniors who may otherwise not receive one.
“Every kid deserves Christmas right, everyone wants to have a new present at Christmas time,” said Jeremy Walker, a captain with the Tyler Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is also hosting its Kettle Drive to raise funds for the Angel Tree efforts and their normal operations. Volunteers will be shaking the bells outside of 43 local businesses during the holiday season as a part of the organization’s largest fundraiser.
“Every dollar that you drop in the kettle, it goes a long way,” said Walker. “It helps out with Christmas, but also 365 days a year.”
Patrons will be able to scan a QR code on kettles to donate to the Army. Their fundraising goal for this season is $417,000.
You can pick an angel off the tree at the Broadway Square Mall outside of JC Penny. Gifts can be brought there or to the Salvation Army headquarters. All donations must be made by December 9.
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