The Salvation Army “Angel Tree” program will be supported by Downtown Warsaw beginning on “First Friday”, December 6th as the Warsaw Rotary Club holds its 92nd Annual “Rotary Toy Day” which was first observed in 1927 at the Hays Hotel. Members will bring toys to their club meeting on the 6th and add them to the total downtown but also ask everyone to bring a donation to the Christmas Parade which will start at 6pm.
Carriage rides will also be available to persons who bring new toys, food or hygiene items from 5-9pm. A container will also be at Central Park during the parade. Containers will be on hand to collect new toys, hats, mittens and books for children in need. Other items are also welcomed such as hygiene products , socks, gloves and hats for families helping those affected by disaster through the Angel of Hope program.
Boxes will be at the following downtown merchants and businesses: Alderfer & Bergen & Co., Buffalo Street Emporium, Latte Lounge, Mad Anthony Brewing Co. and Warsaw Public Library. Containers will be at those businesses until December 23rd.
The Salvation Army has given Christmas assistance since 1921 in Warsaw and developed the Angel Tree program in 1988. Donations help to insure that families, many single parents, grandparents and those working but not making ends meet, celebrate the holiday with a meal and gifts for their children according to Envoy Ken Locke, Director. Donations may also be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 501 E Arthur St., Warsaw, Monday to Friday, 9AM to Noon and 1-3 PM.