This is the time of the year that one of our favorite movies, It’s A Wonderful Life, is constantly on TV. Watching this movie with a nice cup of hot cocoa and wearing  fuzzy socks makes Christmas perfect! A favorite line in the movie is whenever the angel Curtis hears a bell ring he gleefully says…”Another angel just got their wings!” Our local chapter of The Salvation Army rings bells at several retail establishments throughout the Christmas season to encourage people to make a donation. All the proceeds are used right here in our area to assure our fellow community members have their basic needs met.

There is another part of the Salvation Army that makes sure our area children have a happy and bright Christmas every year.  The Christmas Angel program has been spreading joy throughout our area for many years.  The Salvation Army fed over 2500 people last year with the proceeds from this program. This year, unfortunately the funds for this program have been cut. While the Salvation Army is happy to receive the help they will receive this year they will be facing a major deficit.  The members of the Salvation Army Advisory board had a meeting to discuss this deficit of funds in October. Summer Clemenson, a new member of the advisory board, wanted to do something to raise funds for the Christmas Angel Community Center.

There was not enough time to handle putting a fund raiser together and have it approved by The Salvation Army. So Summer decided that Living Ministries, the non-profit that she and her business partner Karen Gidderon started less than a year ago, would answer the call to raise the funds for the Christmas Angel program. After having a meeting with Lonnie Knowles, another Salvation Army Advisory Board member, it was decided that this fundraiser would be a 24-hour telethon. Then the fund-raiser took on a life of its own!  Living Ministries has taken on the major responsibility of raising those, so necessary, funds needed to make sure our fellow friends and members of community have a great Christmas complete with gifts and sufficient food. In all the excitement it was decided that the Christmas Angel Telethon would be an annual event to assure The Christmas Angel program will be in place this year and for many years to come.

On Friday December 9 at 6 pm to Saturday December 10 at 6 pm there will be several angels receiving their wings. There will be a wide variety of talented people performing around the clock to help make this a very special Christmas for several families this year. We will be at the Eagles in Longviewon 12th Avenue. The Eagles will have a nice baked potato bar available on Friday night. Then on Saturday from 9 am to 11:30 am there will be a rip-roaring pancake feed! Come and enjoy a warm 24 hours filled with Christmas Carols and love!!! Just like Curtis the angel said, ”Every time a bell rings, and angel gets their wings.” Help make someone’s Christmas bright.  We can’t wait to see you. If you have a special story about how the Salvation Army has helped you or someone you know, come on down and share it! You can bring your meaningful contribution or just give us a call at 360-353-3745. Merry Christmas!!!!

Learn all about the Christmas Angel Telethon at www.CowlitzChristmasAngel.com

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