Heritage Toyota Catonsville To Go On $7,500 Shopping Spree for The Salvation Army

For Immediate Release

December 10, 2018

For More Information Contact:

Janeen Johnally

954-729-6384

Janeen.johnally@uss.salvationarmy.org

ANGEL TREE: HERITAGE TOYOTA CATONSVILLE TO GO ON $7,500 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE IN TARGET FOR HUNDREDS OF NEEDY BALTIMORE KIDS

BALTIMORE, MD — Heritage Toyota Catonsville’s holiday donation of $7,500 to The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program will provide over 300 underprivileged kids in Baltimore with brand new coats, games, and toys for Christmas. Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army personnel will go on a shopping spree at the Target in The Shops at Canton Crossing, 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224, on Monday, December 10 at 11am. Representatives from Heritage will drive brand new Toyota trucks to pick up and deliver the coats to the Salvation Army’s warehouse for distribution.

What: Christmas Shopping Spree for Needy Children

Who: Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army representatives will go on a shopping spree for the Angel Tree program.

When: December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

Where: 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

For additional information, please contact Janeen Johnally at 954-729-6384.

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About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

 

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