'We Try It Before You Buy It' auction generates money for Angel Tree

(KATV Photo)

Channel Seven viewers turned a year of "We Try It Before You Buy It" products into $2,300 for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

Volunteers have spent the past two weeks organizing the donated toys and clothes in preparation for the Angel Tree distribution, which begins on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 central Arkansas families who have proven to be in need of assistance this holiday season will benefit.

The money donated by KATV viewers will help buy gifts for angels that aren't adopted.

There is still an opportunity to help the Salvation Army this week by putting money in their red kettles.

"Right now, we are about $35,000 behind where we were this time last year," said Capt. Jamie Spalding with the Salvation Army. "If you have been out shopping, you have seen that it has poured down rain every Friday. Usually on Fridays, we make $15- to $20,000 in our red kettles, and we've been making $2- and $3,000 because the rain has just been so terrible. It has affected our volunteers, our paid workers and then also just people's ability to give when they are rushing in and out of the stores."

The bell ringers and red kettles will remain out through Christmas Eve.

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