BRADENTON -- The Salvation Army Manatee County is asking the community to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of the 2,800 children registered for the Angel Tree program.
Running through Dec. 2, Angel Trees will blanket Manatee.
More than 40 locations have already signed on to sponsor this year’s program.
The largest of the angel trees will once again be positioned in a familiar spot at DeSoto Square mall and be staffed daily by volunteers.
Community members are welcome to visit any one of the locations to choose their own angel to help this holiday season.
“Each angel represents a specific child and lists that child’s needs and wishes this Christmas,” says retired Maj. Alma Gower, Angel Tree coordinator.
Once a donor has chosen an angel, they are asked to return all gifts, unwrapped, to the location from which it was selected.
The Salvation Army will collect all items and distribute them to the pre-registered families on Dec. 20.
Information: www.salvation armybradenton.org or call Gower at 941-748-5110.
Free vision screening at county health department
BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Health Department, 410 Sixth Ave. E., will offer free vision screening for adults and children with no appointments necessary from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
-- Herald staff reports