(JENSEN BEACH, FL) – The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Christmas in July toy drive and fundraiser was a resounding success, with more than 75 guests bearing gifts of toys and clothing. The happy hour event, held in July at the Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House in Jensen Beach, netted more than $2500 and brought in over 250 new toys and clothes for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated,” said Judy Scott, co-chair of the event. “It was a huge success and everyone enjoyed wonderful conversation and food.”  Co-chair Kathy Span agreed, adding, “Thanks to the continued support from the community, children in need on the Treasure Coast will have a very merry Christmas this year.”

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new toys and clothes to 1300-1600 children in low-income households in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties every year. In November, the Army posts Angel Trees at the Treasure Coast Mall and at various businesses, encouraging the community to “adopt” the children and purchase the toys for them. The toy donations from the event will help fill the wishes for the few who are not adopted.

“This was a great event with a great outcome,” said Captain Deanne Jones, corps officer at The Salvation Army. “We are already ahead in providing kids a great Christmas. What a relief to so many parents and guardians!”

Registration for the Angel Tree program opens in October. For more information about the Angel Tree program and other services provided by the Salvation Army, visit salvationarmymartin.org or call 772-288-1471.  For more information about the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, contact membership chair Judy Scott at judyscott0703@gmail.com.