INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — There are many people in Indian River County who cannot afford to have a traditional Christmas, such as presents under the tree and a large holiday meal but through the Angel Tree program, residents can help change that.
This year, alone, there are more than 600 families registered in need of Christmas assistance.
“We are looking for people who want to spread the joy of Christmas to help us provide toys to children in need in our community,” said Capt. Bethany Delaney of the Salvation Army of IRC. “No child should go without a toy for Christmas and every family deserves a nice holiday meal to share on Christmas day.”
The Salvation Army provides hundreds of gifts, toys and holiday food boxes to families in need in Indian River County.
In 2009, the Salvation Army helped more than 994 children receive toys and food on Christmas. The Salvation Army is teaming up with JC Penney for an online giving program that provides people across the country with the ability to adopt angels from the Salvation Army in their local community. The website can be found at www.jcp.com/angel.
Angel trees can be found at several locations in Indian River County including Wal-Mart, The Indian River Mall Sears, RBC Banks, Indian River Estates and The North County Library. After purchasing a gift, it should be returned to the location the angel was selected or to the Salvation Army Office, 2655 5th St Sw, Vero Beach, by Dec. 10.