Toy Tree has grown tall in 30 years
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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.