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Last-minute gifts pour in for Salvation Army program

Posted December 16, 2014

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— Hundreds of area children will receive gifts this Christmas after Triangle residents responded to an appeal Monday from the Salvation Army.

The organization was trying to help 8,800 children from needy families, and officials said Monday that they didn't have enough donations to cover more than 1,300 of them.

After WRAL News aired a story Monday evening about the situation at the Salvation Army and the Durham Rescue Mission, which is far short of its goal of handing out 13,000 toys next week, donations began pouring in at the Salvation Army warehouse in east Raleigh.

One couple reportedly went shopping immediately and dropped off their donations before 8 p.m. Monday. Bailey's Jewelry dropped off a box filled with jewelry for older girls.

On Tuesday afternoon, a woman stopped by the warehouse with a check for $10,000.

Maj. Pete Costas of the Salvation Army said the woman and her husband, who asked to remain anonymous, called him last Friday after watching the Coats for the Children telethon on WRAL asking how they could help, and they called again Monday night after learning of the Salvation Army's plight.

"She said, 'How much do you usually spend on each child?" I said, 'Usually about $50 per child just to get a couple of items of clothing.' She said, 'OK,'" Costas said. "I said, 'Don't hurt yourself,' and those were my words because this is a very sweet couple – very unassuming, not a wealthy couple, but very blessed and very compassionate."

With the check in hand, Salvation Army volunteers went shopping for gifts Tuesday evening.

All of the clothes and toys collected will be distributed to needy families Wednesday through Friday.

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  • lmurphy45 Dec 17, 2014

    This made me tear up. Thank you very generous people. I'm not in the position to help this year. I've got my own I've got to provide for first. Hopefully one day I too can make generous donations to help less fortunate kids. Because bottom line, it's about the kids. Thank you again.