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Salvation Army registering families for annual Christmas program

Posted October 20, 2014

— With 65 days until Christmas, hundreds of people lined up outside a Raleigh shopping center Monday morning in an effort to make the holidays a little brighter for children in need.

The Salvation Army of Wake County this week is registering families for its annual Christmas Cheer program, which helps provide gifts to children under age 12 who are in families that are struggling financially.

Registration is all week at Longview Shopping Center, at 2116-D New Bern Ave. Times are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Last year, nearly 8,800 children were signed up for the programs. A Salvation Army spokeswoman said Monday that more are expected this year.

Monday's line stretched out the door of the old Winn Dixie around the building and into the parking lot.

Emily Cambero, of Fuquay-Varina, was among those in line. This year is the first time she's seeking help.

"I came because I wanted help with my kids," she said. "I don't have a lot of money to get presents, and this is going to help me out way more than a lot of people think it is."

The names of children registered this week will have their names and gift wish lists submitted to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree, Christmas Stockings and Toy Shop programs.

They'll be available on Christmas trees at area malls and shopping centers beginning Nov. 21.


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  • 50s Child Oct 21, 2014

    "Who cares- a kid gets a present on Christmas. If thats a scam I'll let it go."

    If it is a scam, the parents are teaching their kids to LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL. And I won't let that go. After all, this is why some cultures are despised and rightfully so.

  • Confucius say Oct 21, 2014

    If you read the registration form that lists the requirements, it includes a picture ID of the parent/guardian and identification of the children. Where is the outcry from Barber and his crew? Require picture IDs....how dare they! I guess it's no problem...nothing racial or socioeconomical as long as it's something free. They don't give out free stuff at the voiting sites.

  • Lorna Schuler Oct 21, 2014
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  • Lorna Schuler Oct 21, 2014
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    So just because one is poor or struggling financially one should dress in rags?
    You do realize that there are places such as Good Will, The Salvation Army Store and other such places where folks can buy some nice clothes. You know, clean, well kept, second hand?

  • Mike Hill Oct 21, 2014
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    It is a Christlike objective, temper you sanctimonious criticisms. But if your perfect go ahead and chunk that rock.

  • itlsss Oct 21, 2014

    The Salvation Army as a charity does a wonderful job and I support it but it is amazing how many nicely dressed folks show up when freebies are being handed out.

  • glarg Oct 21, 2014

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    Who cares- a kid gets a present on Christmas. If thats a scam I'll let it go.

  • KT6596 Oct 20, 2014

    Charity starts at home!

  • Kreader7 Oct 20, 2014

    Yes, sometimes the undeserving probably benefit from these programs. However, there are kids truly in need who do benefit from these programs.
    I used to work with a lady who said as a kid she and her sister lived with their grandparents. She said someone from the Salvation Army brought her sister and her new gloves and a doll. It was the only thing they got that Christmas she said. So, these items do also get through to those in need.

  • Tammy Rush Oct 20, 2014
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    Maybe the consoles were a gift, or they got a used one?