At Kendrion, Human Resources Manager Paula Vincent and Controller Wayne Longhurst check names and ages of Salvation Army Christmas angels available for their associates to adopt and shop for this holiday season.
With 475 angels to serve in Cleveland County this Christmas, The Salvation Army is thankful for its public host sites. However, those have dwindled with the rise of corporate restrictions.
For instance, shoppers in Shelby for many years were used to seeing a large Angel Tree at the center of Cleveland Mall. Although that is no longer possible, Marshall's opened its doors to a tree last year and is doing so again for 2017.
More and more, the Army turns to private companies to adopt batches of angels, making them available to their associates to provide a more joyful Christmas morning for local children, as well as a hands-on giving experience for workers.
At Kendrion, which makes specialized parts for the automotive industry, the staff had been eagerly awaiting this year's angels, said Human Resources Manager Paula Vincent.
"I've had people coming up to me asking, 'Are we doing the Angel Tree again this year?' So they're really looking forward to it," Vincent said when the paper angels were delivered recently.
Other company hosts include NEG (formerly PPG), Plaster Family Dentistry, Walmart Neighborhood Market in Kings Mountain, Fidelity Bank, Hurst Jaws of Life and KM State Employees Credit Union.
"We can hardly tell you how grateful we are for these businesses," said Sgt. Mary Ashby, corps administrator with her husband, Sgt. Les Ashby, of the Shelby office. "If anyone wants to join us in this, please call me at 704-692-8515."
Public Angel Trees are available at the following locations: Cleveland County Arts Council, Denny's, Fatz Café, Marshall's, Wings Etc., and The Salvation Army office
YOU CAN HELP
Sign up to ring the bell! Call office at 704-482-0375. Mail checks to P.O. Box 1764, Shelby, NC 28151. Donate online at www.salvationarmy.org/shelby. In-kind donations to Family Stores, 704-482-9502; 828-287-0119
Submitted by Cassie Herndon Tarpley