Festival of Trees
For years, The Salvation Army has held the annual Festival of Trees in December at the Lycoming Mall. The three week event and live auction has been traditionally sponsored by Backyard Broadcasting and the Lycoming Mall and spotlights up to 50 area businesses.
The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser to support the programs offered by The Salvation Army. During the weeks that the trees are on display at the mall, the public may vote for their favorite tree by donating $1 per vote. Additionally, voting boxes (with the picture of the tree) are located at the area business or organization sponsoring their tree. The group earning the most votes will receive the "People's Choice" award. Then, at a live auction, the tree that raises the most money will receive the "Best Overall Tree" award. View the results in the newspaper and here on The Salvation Army website.
Any questions may be directed to Laura Templeton at 570-326-9187.
Angel Tree Program
The Angel Tree Program provides toys and clothing for needy children from birth to 12 years old at Christmas. Over 1,000 children received toys and clothing packages this past Christmas.
Many business, churches and organizations choose "Angel Tags" off of a vendor's Christmas Tree. These tags describe the tangible Christmas wishes of each child in need. Caring people donate the presents with the tag to The Salvation Army. These gifts are then distributed to the families. On Christmas Morning over a thousand happy children have a merry Christmas because of generous community donors.
"Toys for Tots" also supplies many toys to help accommodate children whose names are not picked through the Angel Tree Program.
The Salvation Army provides food baskets with a complete meal for Christmas and enough food to get through the holiday season. Because of volunteers and donors, hundreds of families have a special meal to share.
Red Kettle Bell Ringers
Throughout the county, The Salvation Army has numerous locations where store owners have agreed to serve as hosts for the Volunteer Red Kettle Ringers. This is a chance for our community to collect funds to help provide food for families, toys for children, and offer relief for countless of our neighbors in need. Volunteers are needed to help ring the bells (individuals or groups). Contact the kettle schedule coordinator to pick a date at 570-326-9187.