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The Salvation Army of Martin - Christmas in July

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Celebrates Christmas in July


STUART, FL –  The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary recently held its first ever Christmas in July toy drive and fundraiser, a tropical holiday happy hour held at the Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House  The event raised over $7300 and brought in more than 150 toys for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas assistance program. 


Every year hundreds of underprivileged children receive toys and new clothes through the Angel Tree program. During the holidays, tags with each child’s wishes are displayed on Christmas trees at the Treasure Coast Square Mall and other businesses throughout the area. Most are “adopted” by generous donors who purchase the toys and clothes listed on their tags, but every year there are a few that do not get a sponsor. The Salvation Army relies on donations to fill those children’s toy bags. That’s where the idea for the toy drive came from.


“We are thrilled to have such a tremendous response,” says Captain Sheena Marquis, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. “We now have  enough to cover our overhead costs and fill every child’s Christmas wishes. We are so grateful to our Women’s Auxiliary and everyone who supported this event.”


The Women’s Auxiliary is a group of local women who have supported local Salvation Army programs for more than 20 years through volunteering and fundraising activities.  For membership information, contact committee chair Judy Scott at


For more information about the programs and mission of the Salvation Army in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, visit or call 772-288-1471

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