It’s time to adopt an Angel and get rid of the loose change

Published 3:52 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In praying for gifts and tithes at church, we often ask God’s blessing on both the giver and the gift. It is our prayer that the gift will be used to build the kingdom and the giver will be blessed to the glory of God.

It is this prayer that is felt most often during the holidays when gifts are given, donations are made and some of the most desperate appeals for help are made.

Over the weekend, The Post published a story about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and the organization’s annual Red Kettle campaign.

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As for the Angel Tree, these families that are represented on the tree, located at the Vicksburg Mall, are in some of the most desperate of situations.

For these parents, they are in a situation where they are unable to provide a Christmas for their children. Through interviews and applications with the Salvation Army, their families have been placed on the tree in hopes their family and needs will be adopted.

As of last Thursday, 325 children and 100 seniors remained on the Angel Tree. It would be a shame if any of those angels remained unadopted.

As for the Red Kettle campaign, we are all familiar with the sound of bells ringing as we head out to some of the larger retailers in Vicksburg. Not only does the annual campaign provide a great opportunity to clean out the loose change in your car’s cup holder, but it also provides a great opportunity to support the Salvation Army and its programs throughout the year.

This campaign accounts for a majority of the Salvation Army’s annual revenue. Those pennies and nickels — along with a few 10- and 20-dollar bills — are pulled together and then stretched throughout the year to help countless people in our community.

The Salvation Army is a Christian-based organization with the best of our community at heart. Their programs — particularly the annual Angel Tree and Red Kettle campaigns — deserve our support.