Wor­thy cause

Toy Tree has grown tall in 30 years

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Square and The Com­pass.

All cash do­na­tions re­ceived from now un­til Christ­mas will be used to help pur­chase food ham­pers for needy fam­i­lies in the area. All the gifts and toys col­lected will help bring a lot of smiles to a lot of young girls and boys on Christ­mas morn­ing.

Cap­tain Darin Boone of the Sal­va­tion Army, Car­bon­ear said, “ it’s lovely to be a part of this great event and a joy to be able to share Christ­mas with you.”

Capt. Boone said last year the Sal­va­tion Army helped over 300 fam­i­lies and gave over 1,200 toys to chil­dren in this area.

Prov­ince-wide last year, the Sal­va­tion Army helped some 12,000 fam­i­lies, pro­vided as many toys for less for­tu­nate chil­dren and raised $520,000 through its an­nual Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign.

He re­minded his au­di­ence, “as you buy gifts for the lit­tle chil­dren, try and re­mem­ber the young teens as well, as it is some­times dif­fi­cult to find gifts for that age group.”

Capt. Boone said they will be ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for food ham­pers from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.

Be­sides the Car­bon­ear area, the Sal­va­tion Army also helps chil­dren and fam­i­lies on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay and south shore of Trin­ity Bay.

“I trust you will not lose the true mean­ing of Christ­mas,” Capt. Boone said.

Mickey T., Morn­ing Show host and pro­gram di­rec­tor with KIXX Coun­try hosted last week’s kick­off cer­e­monies, while Judy Legge, of­fice man­ager with KIXX Coun­try, in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion recorded the gifts and cash do­na­tions as they were pre­sented.

Legge told The Com­pass some $450 in cash do­na­tions were pre­sented while ap­prox­i­mately 500 gifts were placed in the cor­ral un­der the Toy Tree dur­ing the launch.

The Car­bon­ear Sal­va­tion Army Band was on hand to set the mood with some mu­sic of the sea­son.

Per­salvic school choir and mem­bers of the Car­bon­ear and Salmon Cove Girl Guide move­ment were also on hand to bring gifts for the Toy Tree.

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