The Salvation Army of Moundsville is excited to launch its Christmas campaign in conjunction with the Moundsville Christmas Parade on Saturday.
A float will feature the iconic Salvation Army Red Kettle, bell ringer and Angel Tree, and following the parade the Salvation Army's Christmas Campaign will officially start serving the Moundsville community.
The Angel Tree program connects caring members of the public with children in need of assistance this holiday season. People are invited to visit Wal-Mart stores in Moundsville and New Martinsville, BB&T Bank and the Salvation Army's main office on Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue through Dec. 10 to select an angel ornament from Angel Trees.
Each angel ornament represents an actual local child in need of Christmas toys and everyday essentials, such as clothing. Once a child has been chosen, people can shop for the requested gifts and return the new items to the Salvation Army, 700 Jefferson, by Dec. 13. Gifts also can be returned to the service desk at participating Wal-Marts.
All gifts will be distributed to the families of the children in need prior to Christmas morning.
More than 500 children from Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel counties are expected to benefit from the Angel Tree this year.
Capt. Janna Torgerson said, ''The Angel Tree program is a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer with those who might otherwise go without this season.''
The community is also asked to help support The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. The money raised with support social services, financial assistance and many more life-changing services in the coming year in the three counties.
Torgerson said, ''So, please, when you pass a Red Kettle consider making a donation.''
Interested parties are also asked to serve as volunteer bell ringers.
''Your efforts will bring joy, hope and a helping hand to so many in need,'' Torgerson said.
The Red Kettle Campaign will begin Saturday in Moundsville, Benwood and New Martinsville.
''The Salvation Army is incredibly thankful for the generous support of the people in the three counties served by the Moundsville headquarters," Torgerson added. "Thank you for serving your friends, family and neighbors in need this Christmas season.''
Additional information concerning the Salvation Army is available at 304-845-0510 or online at www.onlineredkettle.org/mtw.