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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2013
New Unwrapped Gifts for Tweens urgently needed for The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program

Houston, TX – As the deadline for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program quickly approaches, Santa's Secret Warehouse is seeking the public's help in collecting new and unwrapped gifts for boys and girls 9 to 12 years of age.

“The gifts for tweens tend to receive fewer donations,” says Major Sandra Flanagan, Associate Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command and coordinator of the Angel Tree program. “Tweens are harder to shop for because they are outgrowing toys and gravitate towards pricier items like electronics.”

Gift suggestions for girls, 9 - 12 years of age: Watch, MP3 player, arts/crafts kit, Jewelry Sets (Children’s), purse, jacket/sweater/sweatshirt

Gift suggestions for boys, 9 - 12 years of age: Watch, handheld game, MP3 player, remote control car & batteries, skateboard, basketball/soccer ball/football, jacket/sweater/sweatshirt

The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program, also known as the Angel Tree program, provides new unwrapped gifts to children up to 12 years old before Christmas Eve. Families register during the month of October and the nonprofit spends the remainder of the year collecting donated gifts and funds from the public to make sure each registered child receives gifts to place under their Christmas trees.

Drop-off locations for new unwrapped gifts include all participating Randalls grocery stores, IHOP restaurants and Bel Furniture locations; as well as seven area mall Angel Tree locations at Baybrook Mall, Deerbrook Mall, The Galleria, Memorial City Mall, Pasadena Town Square, Willowbrook Mall, and The Woodlands Mall.


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In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.