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The Salvation Army Hosts Christmas Shopping Spree for Children

IMG_2716St. Louis, Mo. – The Salvation Army Midland Division and Echelon, the young professionals group of The Salvation Army will host a Christmas shopping spree at the Maplewood Walmart on Tuesday, December 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

100 area children will be given each a $100 Walmart gift card to shop for Christmas presents. Members of Echelon serve as chaperones during the shopping spree.

The Maplewood Walmart is located at 1900 Maplewood Commons Drive, Maplewood, MO 63143.

“The shopping spree allows children and teens in need to have a Merry Christmas. The children pick out their own toys or other cherished items on their wish list,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Midland Divisional Commander. “Often times though, some children choose to buy air mattresses or articles of clothing because otherwise, they would go without an actual bed to sleep on, or not have enough clothing. It is because of the donations to our red kettles that The Salvation Army is able to provide this wonderful opportunity for children in need.”

Each year The Salvation Army assists thousands of families in Missouri and Southern Illinois. To help, donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online to the Tree of Lights Campaign at: stlsalvationarmy.org or text GIVEHOPE TO 41444.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 86 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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