Salvation Army collecting for Christmas

WEIRTON – The holiday season is in full swing, and the Salvation Army is working to make sure no one in Hancock and Brooke counties goes without.

Volunteers have been manning the Salvation Army’s red kettles throughout the area in recent weeks, and the organization is actively collecting donations of toys and other items through its annual Angel Tree program.

Maj. Sue Dewan explained they already have surpassed 400 applications for assistance, and anticipated several dozen more before their deadline for Christmas.

“We anticipate a 15 percent increase this year,” she said.

Last year, the local Salvation Army assisted 408 area families, which included 618 children.

Dewan said they are urging for anyone who is able to consider making a donation or select an Angel from one of the Angel trees.

“We don’t want one child left out,” Dewan said.

The Salvation Army has Angel Trees established at the Kmart in Weirton; Dollar General; Busy Beaver; two branches of First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; three branches of Hancock County Savings Bank; Citizens Pharmacy in Chester; Connie’s Corner in Chester; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; Hancock County Senior Center; Mid-City Restaurant in New Cumberland; New Cumberland Pharmacy; Summit Physical Therapy in New Cumberland; Huntington Bank in Weirton; Krazy Bout Sportz in Weirton; ArcelorMittal Steel; in Weirton; St. Joseph the Worker Church; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Ted’s Pharmacy; two branches of United Bank; the Weir High National Honor Society; Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center; Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce; FirstEnergy in Shippingport, Pa.; St. Mary’s Church in Cecil, Pa.; the Wal-Mart Distribution Center; and Oakland Presbyterian Church.