Charlotte Christmas Center program expected to be a success

December 23, 2013 by  

Right up until Christmas Day, the Salvation Army of Charlotte, of which Matthews is a suburb, is involved in its Christmas Center program, which it has been running for the past 30 years. No doubt the Salvation Army has been using a variety of printing services to let people in the area know how they can donate to the program.

It is estimated that dozens of organizations, neighborhood associations and corporate employee groups, in addition to about 44,000 people, will be helping out this year with donations of toys, putting bikes together, preparing bag gifts for delivery, and hosting fundraisers. The Charlotte Observer is also involved by sponsoring the Empty Stocking Fund, which buys toys for children who became part of the Angel Tree program.

According to the Christmas events coordinator for the Salvation Army, Lindsay Duncan, people go to great lengths to make this program successful. People in the community are asked to help and immediately get involved.

The various Christmas programs the Salvation Army will be running this year are expected to help in the region of 25,000 people. Of this number, more than 12,000 of them will be children between the ages of five and seven. It is also expected that over 1,400 seniors will be sponsored through the Silver Bells program.

Another program the Salvation Army sponsors in the area is giving a single pair of white socks to each inmate in the Mecklenburg County jails. According to Chaplain Wayne Dennis of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, even this small gift is very important to the inmates.