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Salvation Army gives to others: Nonprofit gives out food baskets, helps children in need receive gifts

The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign isn’t the nonprofit’s only program during the holiday season.

The Salvation Army also gives out Christmas food baskets and has its Angel Tree Program.

Last year, the Salvation Army gave away about 161 food baskets during the holiday season, said Lt. Teresa Brecto, of the Salvation Army.

In addition to food, the baskets also usually contain a gift for a child, she said.

People and businesses can also donate gifts to children through the Angel Tree Program, Brecto said.

For the Angel Tree Program, the Salvation Army sets up Christmas trees in the Buffalo Mall and Walmart, and tags with children’s wish lists hang on the trees.

Shoppers can take a tag off the tree and then shop for the child.

Non-retail businesses also partner with the Angel Tree Program by putting a tree with tags in their office for their employees, Brecto said.

People who cannot afford the child’s entire wish list are encouraged to at least buy a board game, “to encourage unity for the child and their family,” Brecto said.

About 475 people benefitted from the Christmas food baskets and the Angel Tree Program combined last year, Brecto said.

This year, there are already 75 children signed up for Angel Tree, and Brecto said she expects that number to grow. The sign-up is open until Dec. 6.

The Salvation Army also hosts many events during the holiday season, including a Thanksgiving potluck and a Christmas potluck.

For more information, visit www.salvation

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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