As the Christmas season approaches, many of us pause our busy schedules to celebrate; we surround ourselves with loved ones, give each other presents, and share delicious meals. Unfortunately this is not always possible for those who are less fortunate. Many families simply cannot afford such a holiday, and instead go without; without presents, without toys, without Christmas.

The Salvation Army is committed to helping those in need, and the Thrift Stores are at the front of the line as active members of their communities.

Throughout the year the 33 stores across Central Ontario contribute in countless ways, whether it be collecting non-perishable food donations for a food drive, or raising money to support the Christmas Kettle campaign, or to send children to summer camp.

This holiday season, the Windsor Thrift Store wanted to give the joy of Christmas to children less fortunate who otherwise, would be going without.

Near the end of November the store (along with many others throughout the region), began an 'Angel Tree' campaign. Store Manager Angela Oran set up a Christmas tree and decorated it with cut outs of small angels - the names and ages of children in need from the community lined their wings.

Guests and staff, along with the generosity of a group of students from John C. Campbell School, and the corporate partnership with Liquidation World and 95.9 Country FM, helped the store collected over 100 brand new, unwrapped gifts and toys for the local angels. 

The store and the community came together to give the joy of Christmas to children who would otherwise miss this special time of year, creating memories to last a lifetime.