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The Salvation Army prepares for the season; many help possibilities are available

The Salvation Army is preparing to bring hope and joy into the lives of families this holiday season.

Current programs include the Angel Tree Christmas campaign; the red kettle event, which begins November 14; and accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys.

Squishmallows, remote control vehicles and LOL Surprise dolls, as well as bicycles, are some of the most requested items on children’s Christmas lists this year.

The Salvation Army, under the leadership of Captains Nic and Emily Arroqui, strives to fulfill their wishes.

Ms Arroqui said between 650 and 700 children were helped last year.

Online registration for support has not yet started. She hopes to get as many in-person registrations as possible to get an idea of ​​the need.

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“I know a lot of people are going to call us because maybe they missed it. So then we can give them a code and have them do it online,” she said.


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Registration for the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree Campaign closes Tuesday, October 18. People can come from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nix Elementary School cafeteria and register.

As part of the Angel Tree program, children’s names, along with their ages and clothing sizes, are placed on trees throughout the area.

Children up to age 12 in Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties are served by the Angel Tree program.

People can call the Salvation Army office at 803-534-6805 or the Salvation Army Family Store at 803-534-0785 to adopt an angel. They can also email Ms. Arroqui at orangeburgsc@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Ms Arroqui said some companies adopt angels and ask their employees to buy items for them and bring them back to the company. The Salvation Army is ready to collect items from businesses if needed.

She said individuals can also donate money to “Santa’s Helpers” to buy toys and clothes to meet a child’s specific needs.

Donations can be made payable to The Salvation Army and mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 958, Orangeburg, SC 29115.

All angels should be transferred to the Salvation Army office by December 10. The angels will be ready for distribution by December 17.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is gearing up to begin on November 14. Volunteers are needed to make it a success.

“If people want to volunteer, we will need it – any youth group, civic club or individual who wants to get out there,” Ms Arroqui said.

She said individuals and businesses can sponsor a kettle for a variety of reasons, including in memory or in honor of someone.

In addition to volunteers, the Salvation Army also hires people to ring the bells during the season, with applications available at the Salvation Army office.

The Salvation Army also accepts donated unused toys.

If anyone needs a box for their business, they can contact the office. Businesses can have boxes delivered, or the Salvation Army can arrange for the boxes to be picked up, Ms. Arroqui said.

The Salvation Army requests new, unboxed toys, and all used toys should be sent to the Salvation Army Family Store.

The Salvation Army also needs canned goods to restock their pantry.


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“We need canned food. If people want to donate turkeys and hams, that would also be helpful because we don’t really have any meat right now,” Ms Arroqui said.

Participating in Christmas campaigns isn’t just a job for Salvation Army captains.

“For us, it’s about knowing who Jesus Christ is. We want them to see his love through what we do. It’s not just about giving away toys, or giving away clothes at Christmas, or helping people with their bills, or their rent, or anything else. It is about them seeing concretely the love of Jesus Christ manifested to them. That’s why we do what we do. This is what is most important to us above all else,” Ms. Arroqui said.

She and her husband are in their seventh year working with the Salvation Army and their first year in Orangeburg.

For more information on how you can help The Salvation Army, call the office at 803-534-6805, stop by the Orangeburg site at 813 Nottingham St. or email Arroqui at orangeburgsc @uss.salvationarmy.org.

Contact the writer: dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5534. Follow “Good News with Gleaton” on Twitter at @DionneTandD