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City employees ‘adopt’ 170 angels

Despite challenging economic times, 170 local children will have a brighter holiday thanks to the generosity of City of Jacksonville employees from nearly every department and constitutional office. 

Coordinated by the JaxCares City Employee Volunteer Team, employees have contributed gift packages of toys, electronics, clothing, shoes, and much more, as well as 50 stockings and more than 50 bicycles to deserving children through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-an-Angel Program. 

Mayor John Peyton, along with Major Dean Hinson, the Salvation Army Northeast Florida Area Commander, will commend the employees for their efforts at 10 a.m., Dec. 10, in the City Hall St. James Atrium. The gifts will be displayed around the holiday tree in City Hall.  Shortly after 10 a.m., the gifts will be loaded by volunteers into a motorcade for presentation to The Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army will then prepare the gift packages for their delivery to Jacksonville families. 

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel program is one of The Salvation Army’s high-profile holiday efforts.  The City of Jacksonville has been participating in the Adopt-an-Angel project for more than 15 years.


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