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If you want to know how seriously Charlotte residents take their spirit of giving, look no further than what happened to Christy and Christopher Angle.

Ever want to give a kid his first bicycle? Or put a smile on a child's face on Christmas morning? The Observer's Empty Stock Fund is for you. It is the newspaper's yearly drive to support the Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau. To contribute, go to the Empty Stocking Fund donation page or send checks to:

The Empty Stocking Fund
P.O. Box 37269
Charlotte NC 28237-7269

To arrange a toy drive or volunteer at the Christmas Bureau, call 704-716-2643.

Want to help with a donation or to volunteer? The Charlotte Observer's annual Giving Guide includes the needs of more than 300 organizations from 10 counties.

Nearly 600 families were helped Monday by dozens of volunteers from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, who bagged gifts and passed them out.

It’s hard to tell the four little Alarcon girls are in danger of a disappointing Christmas.

Janine Bettis-Daniels and her husband, Elijah, appear deeply in love, but they haven’t bought Christmas gifts for each other since they married nearly 10 years ago.

Tyese Harris, 29, has five young children and went back to work this fall, a month after giving birth to twins.

The Charlotte chapter of the national Omega Psi Phi fraternity aims at 100 wishes fulfilled for Christmas.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center kicks off for the season, helping 200 families an hour get free toys for their children.

It’s 9:45 on a Wednesday morning on Charlotte’s west side.

A Charlotte couple struggling to make ends meet because she took time off for a baby now turns to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau for help.

Like soldiers on parade awaiting review by a superior officer, the bikes stood in immaculate ranks: peppermint pink and sporty red for young girls and boys, sleek white and snazzy black for older kids.

In years past, Pam Lewis bought Christmas gifts for children she “adopted” anonymously from Angel Trees.

After receiving thousands of gifts over the weekend, organizers at the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau say they’re on track to provide stockings for more than 12,000 children.

Late in her pregnancy, Edith Giron Jerez has already had to take time off from her housekeeping job. She won’t be able to return to work until February.


Former coffee shop owner turns to Salvation Army for help when shop closes and savings are gone.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau needs help coming up with stocking stuffers for 5,000 children.

For days, Frank Dowd fretted about the cold and rainy, gray skies that gripped Charlotte.

Teenage boys aren’t known for their sensitivity and heartfelt way with words. But leave it to a bunch of competitive Boy Scouts to try outdoing each other in wooing the grandmothers of Charlotte.

Caribbean food caterer needs help with Christmas as economy causes business slump

Charlotte woman takes in 3 great grandchildren after their mother goes to prison

Christy and Christopher Angle say they don’t have enough money this year to buy Christmas gifts for their two young children, but that’s not the worst of their worries.

Before you start wandering store aisles shopping for a child you may only know as “Boy Age 10,” take a few tips from the experts.

They see firsthand how far a $100 bill can go. On Thursday, two couples spent the day handing the bills with “Secret Santa” stamped on them in red ink to strangers. Part of a national effort started decades ago by Kansas City, Mo., businessman Larry Stewart, they give money to people they’ve never met with hopes it will inspire them to perform their own random acts of kindness.

It’s become a tradition around the country for anonymous donors to drop gold coins into the Salvation Army’s red kettles, except in Charlotte. But now that has changed.

Jade Johnson is ambitious and is not ashamed to say that she had her life mapped out at age 19 when she moved to Charlotte from a town in Virginia.

Charlotte family with twins and triplets seeks help with gifts from Santa through Salvation Army.

The day before Thanksgiving, 7-year-old Bradley accompanied his grandmother to the Home Depot on North Wendover Road, where the two picked out a Christmas tree “bigger than a giant.”

Salvation Army of Charlotte prepares to launch one of the largest acts of community goodwill in the Southeast: the Christmas Center.