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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command
News Release
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thousands of new unwrapped gifts urgently needed for
The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program      

Houston – Less than three weeks before the arrival of Christmas, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command still needs thousands of new unwrapped gifts for some 30,000 local children and seniors who have registered for Christmas assistance across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.    

“Our bins at our Secret Santa Warehouse are almost empty this year and donations are just not coming in, which is very disconcerting considering we’ve registered more children than ever this year,” says Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.  “The need in our community is greater than ever now.  It’s going to take all of us to make sure this Christmas is a happy one for all these children.”    

Last year, the Army registered some 24,000 local children - 25 percent less than this year.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program, also known as the Angel Tree program, provides new unwrapped gifts to children up to 12 years old before Christmas Eve.   Families register during the month of October and the nonprofit spends the remainder of the year collecting donated gifts and funds from the public to make sure each registered child receives up to five gifts to place under their Christmas trees.

Drop-off locations for new unwrapped gifts include all participating Conn’s appliance stores, Randalls grocery stores, and IHOP restaurants; as well as six area mall Angel Tree locations at The Galleria, Katy Mills Mall, Memorial City Mall, Pasadena Town Square, Willowbrook Mall, and The Woodlands Mall.  

A full list of drop-off locations may be found online at
www.SalvationArmyHouston.org.

Corporations, organized groups, and others may also adopt Angels (registered children) by hosting an Angel Tree at their respective facilities.  Monetary donations may be made online at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s website or with a credit card over the phone by calling 1-866-GIV-ARMY.  




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