Salvation Army Starts Preparing For Christmas 6 Months Out


Thursday, June 25th 2020, 6:31 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper


TULSA, Okla. -

It's beginning to a look a lot like Christmas, at least for a day at the Tulsa Salvation Army.

Leon Day, which is Noel spelled backwards, is the nonprofit’s kickoff to prepare for the holiday season.

"We're sounding the alarm today. Six months away," said Major Mark Harwell, with the Salvation Army.

Harwell said they anticipate more people and families will need help this Christmas because of the impact COVID-19 is having on the economy.

That's why they're ramping up efforts to collect toys, donations and sign up volunteers.

"We know that some families who have been impacted by the pandemic get over a hurdle pretty easily, but there's a number of families we believe that will continue to really struggle," said Harwell.

Harwell said they're anticipating more families will sign up for help through their Angel Tree program.

They're already looking to fill their warehouse with toys because right now it's pretty empty.

Harwell said their goal is to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas.

"Christmas Day, at least for those hours, that day becomes kind of a respite, a time of celebration where memories can still be made even though they may be struggling overall," said Harwell.

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