Be an angel this holiday season; Salvation Army launches Angel Tree

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Salvation Army hopes their Angel Trees and Christmas Kettles will bring in the holiday spirit.

The charity organization's holiday season officially began Friday morning with the lighting of the Angel Tree at Independence Mall.

WECT's Kim Ratcliff is the official "Salvation Army Honorary Angel" of 2009 and flipped the switch to kick off the event.

The trees, located at the main indoor entrance of JC Penny's, list the names of 3,500 children in need across the Cape Fear Region.

The organization will accept unwrapped gifts for people on the Angel Tree until December 11 - just go to the mall and pick an name off one of the trees.

Contributions in the kettles and gifts for the children listed on the Angel Trees will benefit many needy families in the area.

If you can't make it to the mall you can now shop for an angel online.  For the first-time ever, customers can adopt and shop online for Angels at, providing tens of thousands of children and seniors facing hardship in communities across the country.

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