First Security, Salvation Army kick off Red Kettle Campaign

First Security Bank presented a check to the Salvation Army at the annual Red Kettle Kickoff: Stefanie Vann (from left), Mike Baldwin, Margaret Smith , Captain Michael Knott, Patrishia Knott, Pat Hepner and Larry Williams.

First Security Bank presented the Salvation Army with its annual donation to kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree Program.

The campaign and program are among The Salvation Army’s highest-profile Christmas efforts. Thousands of children across Arkansas will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army.

“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors and families experiencing financial hardship,” said Captain Michael Knott, commanding officer. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.” 

Angel Trees are located at area businesses in support of The Salvation Army during the holidays. The trees are decorated with paper angels representative of a child or senior who without this program may not receive a gift at Christmas. “We are grateful for the generous support from our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a joyous Christmas to those in need,” said Captain Patrishia Knott. 

“Angels” will be available for adoption throughout the months of November and December at:

Colton’s, Patio Café, Grace Presbyterian Church, Kroger locations on Salem Road and Oak Street, Walmart on Dave Ward and Neighborhood Market on Prince Street, CVS on  Oak, Insight Enterprise, US Compounding Pharmacy, 365 Fitness Salon Platnuim and the Salvation Army office at 2125 Harkrider St.  Last year, 462 “angels” were available for adoption in Conway, and this year that number continues to grow, with more than 600 children and seniors enrolled in the program. Gift distribution will take place at 950 Carson Cove, on Saturday, Dec. 15. 

Volunteers are needed throughout November and December to help manage Angel Tree locations and work to sort and distribute items received. 

For more information about adopting an “Angel,” please call The Salvation Army at 501.329.1712, email [email protected] or visit Facebook/SalArmyConwayAR.