Salvation Army Christmas programs going strong

Salvation Army's Christmas programs are going strong.Although the Angel Tree is coming to an end, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is still in effect.Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Distribution is Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Each year, the Salvation Army offers holiday shoppers the opportunity to make someone’s Christmas wish come true by adopting a child or senior through the Angel Tree program.After selecting an Angel, the purchased, unwrapped gifts are returned to the Angel Tree site to be distributed to the families during The Salvation Army’s annual Toy Shop.According to the Borger Salvation Army manager Terri Miller, the deadline to turn in any angel picked up is Dec. 15. “It is extremely important to have your angel's gift turned in by this date so we know who we need to shop for,” said Miller. So far the Salvation Arm is giving Christmas to about 135 kids.The Salvation Army also kicked off their Red Kettle Fundraiser last month on Nov. 23 and has raised $2,853.30 as of Thursday afternoon.The kettles and bell ringers will be out Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays at Wal-Mart, 1404 W. Wilson; United Supermarket, 1414 W. Wilson; and Lowe's Marketplace, 101 W. 10th Street. The last day of this fundraiser is Christmas Eve.The Salvation Army kettle campaign is even more crucial this year, when charitable income is down while even more people and families are seeking Salvation Army help. Any spare change can make a big difference.Miller also wanted to point out, “The Salvation army does have a thrift store in Borger that sells new and used items. This could be a good place to get Christmas stuff. All that is sold goes back to the community.”For more information about the Salvation Army thrift store, Red Kettle fundraiser, or other volunteer opportunities, call 273-2491. You can also find The Salvation Army of Texas online at,, and