Salvation Army Bonita to bring Christmas to 439 local children

With help from the community

The Salvation Army in Bonita Springs is preparing to provide Christmas
gifts and food bags to 439 local children and their families. Distributions will begin on December 7, bringing the
gifts and food bags directly to the family’s doorstep by Salvation Army volunteers.

Salvation Army staff in Bonita Springs have been working tirelessly to get these angels adopted so kids can
experience the joy of opening a gift this Christmas. Those generous donors who go to The Salvation Army’s
Mission Station on Old 41 to adopt an angel off their tree will shop for that child and bring their unwrapped gift
back by December 3rd, just in time for The Salvation Army to distribute them to the families.

“We have less than 50 children that are left to adopt with less than a week to go,” said Sarah Clarke, Mission Station
Administrator for The Salvation Army of Bonita Springs & Estero and responsible for the Angel Tree program in
Bonita Springs. “Our goal is to have every angel adopted so we are reaching out to our generous neighbors with an
invitation to share the joy of Christmas with a child in need. No one person or group can do it all – it’s when the
generosity of many come together that the Christmas magic really happens.”

Those who want to adopt an angel can:
• call (239) 948-5200
• email
• go to The Salvation Army’s office at 26820 Old US 41, Bonita Springs (in the Literacy Council building
across from the Dollar Tree). Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – noon, 1 – 4 pm.

“In this season of giving, and as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas,” said Sarah Clarke, “it brings joy to
our hearts to give back to our neighbors alongside so many others.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in
need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance
from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the
hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the
homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in
Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. For more information, go to The Salvation Army is
proud to be a United Way partner agency.

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