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November 26, 2012

Annual Salvation Army fund drive begins, continues tradition of giving

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For the first time, the Salvation Army is also hosting an “online kettle drive.” Donations can be made by going to the website http://www.onlineredkettle.org/newburyport.

Through their Angel Trees program, The Salvation Army also tries to make the holidays special for children by providing not just any gift, but the one they really want for Christmas. Angel Trees are Christmas trees, placed at local businesses, that are decorated with slips of paper on which children have written a gift request. Members of the public are invited to buy the present a child has asked for, then return it with the slip to make some youngster’s Christmas dreams come true.

Anyone who would like to participate but can’t find an Angel Tree is welcome to call The Salvation Army’s Newburyport office and ask for a gift request.

The Salvation Army’s mission extends beyond the holidays, to running a food pantry and covering basic needs like fuel assistance and warm clothes, and providing rent and utility assistance in emergencies.

That’s why it’s important to make donations, not only with the holidays in mind, but with an eye toward the work The Salvation Army does all year.

“We’re here helping people with need without discrimination. We don’t care what their lifestyle is or what life choices they’ve made. If they’re in need, we want to help them,” said McNeil.

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