Families have come by the hundreds to sign their children up for gifts for Christmas. The Salvation Army has been finding sponsors to buy toys for children for many years, knowing the parents will sometimes forgo paying bills in order to provide gifts for their kids. “This is a way that we help alleviate the stress of living close to the edge,” says Melanie Thornton-Lewis, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army of Galveston County. “Especially in hard-times, like during this current pandemic, people need a little help now and then.”
The angel lists are available for “adoption” by the community at Walmart stores in Galveston County, including the Neighborhood Market at 2625 W. Main St. in League City. Lists can also be picked up at The Salvation Army locations at 4801 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City or 601 51st. Street in Galveston. Call 409-763-1691with questions or to make arrangements for group adoptions.
For those who are not comfortable going out to shop, or just do not have the time, Walmart has provided a gift registry called Registry for Good. You can find it on Walmart.com with the other registries and purchase toys, clothing, gift cards and books that are age appropriate and have them shipped right to The Salvation Army. Volunteers will sort through the toys and match them up to a child with a similar request. This is a great option for an office or small group toy drive!
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 139 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food to the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disable, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those service in 5,000 communities nationwide.