December 17, 2014
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116
CHARLOTTE, NC – Hundreds of bikes and other toys lined the walls at the Salvation Army Christmas Center Dec. 17, as Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined staff and volunteers to kickoff the 2014 Christmas Center grand opening. Mayor Clodfelter expressed appreciation to the local community’s efforts to make the holidays bright for families in need of assistance.
“Charlotte is a giving city,” said Clodfelter. “We have a strong spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism. That spirit is always evident this time of year, as everyone in our community is reminded to do all we can for others.”
Each year, the Salvation Army registers close to 13,000 children from Mecklenburg and Union Counties for the Angel Tree program and around 1,100 senior citizens for the Silver Bells program.
“We cannot do this without the generous donors providing gifts and volunteers who give so much of their time to The Salvation Army,” said Clodfelter.
From Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, families will pick up gifts from the Salvation Army Christmas Center. Nearly 200 families will come through the center per hour and the Salvation Army will have nearly 300 volunteers on hand per day.