Cope and angel tree

HELP OUT — Major David Cope stands near the Angel Tree at Walmart in Waynesville that still has plenty of tags that indicate nobody has adopted the individual for Christmas.

The Salvation Army of Waynesville is looking for volunteers — individual and groups — to ring the bells at the Red Kettles this Christmas season.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is a critical fundraiser for the organization’s Christmas assistance and year-round programs that address social concerns in the community.

Volunteer opportunities are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 – Dec. 24 (Monday through Saturday).

To volunteer, contact Nadene Beach at (828) 550-4103 or Nadene.Beach@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Last year The Salvation Army raised $83,000 in the Red Kettle Campaign. This money helped the community through social service programs that assist those in need.

Funds raised during the holidays assist needy families with winter relief such as heaters, utility and rent assistance, and food and clothing.

Many blankets and coats are given out during this time of year.

There are a number of senior citizen angels still on the Walmart of Waynesville Angel Tree.

These individuals are elderly, special needs on very low income. There are about 50 angels out there that need to be adopted.

“The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is a valued tradition in our community,” said Major David Cope, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of Waynesville. “A little change from someone’s pocket keeps the lights on for struggling families, provides nutritious food for the hungry, and pays the rent when personal disaster strikes. A season of change can truly create a year of hope.”

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