As the Halloween decorations are put away and the temperatures start to cool off, the Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas season.


As the Halloween decorations are put away and the temperatures start to cool off, the Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas season.

Thursday, the Salvation Army had their Angel Tree and Red Kettle Kick-off.

Capt. Elaine Canning said this year, they will help 392 families, a total of 866 children, in Pottawatomie, Lincoln and Seminole counties.

“From the very beginning, we want to say thank you to all of you who will engage in this Christmas effort,” Canning said. “We appreciate all your support.”

Kendi Cox, human resources administrator, said that Capt. Joseph McPhee started the Red Kettle in San Francisco in 1891.

“During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty stricken,” she said.

Now, Cox said, the Salvation Army helps over 4.5 million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday.

Maj. Charles and Shirley White created the Angel Tree in Virginia in 1979.

“The Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on the Hallmark Greeting Cards that featured pictures of angels,” Twana Griffith, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary president, said.

Michelle Briggs, president and CEO of the Avedis Foundation, said the organization is proud to be involved with the Salvation Army.

“What better need than to serve those in need?” Briggs said before she chose the first angel from the Angel Tree.

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