ABC11 viewer saves Christmas for 1,000s of children


On Thursday night, ABC11 shared the Salvation Army's need for Christmas presents for their Angel Tree distribution.

Inside the Salvation Army's Christmas Warehouse, 4,000 boxes line the shelves. Each box represents a family with children in need.

Just days away from distribution, there were 1,500 empty boxes and the Salvation Army didn't know if they would be able to give those children a warm Christmas.

That is until an ABC11 viewer got word of the need and stepped in to help.

"In the call for help, there was an anonymous donor who came to our rescue," Major Pete Costas with the Salvation Army said.

Costas received a call Friday morning that someone had donated a $50,000 check to the organization.

"To hear the lump in my throat as I share the joy that this other individual, this anonymous donor had in making this gift, and just realizing that there are angels out there to help these little angels we want to help," Costas said.

Costas said the remaining angels who were not adopted will now have warm clothing and a chance at a Merry Christmas, thanks to that one very generous donation.

There is still time to adopt an angel online. Donations must be dropped off at the warehouse on New Bern Avenue by Saturday. Click here for more details.

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