‘Santa’ desperately seeking warehouse in Sarasota

Salvation Army needs space for its annual Angel Tree program for children and seniors

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To provide Christmas gifts for more than 2,000 children and seniors, The Salvation Army in Sarasota needs approximately 20,000 square feet of space for the annual Angel Tree distribution center and Toy Joy shop, the nonprofit organization has announced.

Each year, financially struggling families receive new toys and clothing for their children, “thanks to the generosity of our community,” a news release points out.

“We need warehouse space to stage this annual program,” Major Chuck Whiten, the area commander, said in the release. “Ideally, we would have access to space from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23. The warehouse is a critical part of this community effort to ensure no one has to experience a Christmas without toys for children and seniors citizen that no one seems to remember,” Whiten added in the release.

Anyone who may be able to offer assistance is asked to contact Whiten at 364-8845, Ext. 1101.