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    Stephen Ratcliffe is not a big fan of shopping, but you wouldn’t have known that this week, when he orchestrated a $16,000 buying spree at the Walmart on South Tryon Street. Starting at 8:30 a.m., he and nearly 20 friends spent seven hours combing the store, filling carts with hundreds of toys and 70 bikes. It took two hours to check out the nearly 40 carts. This marks the fifth year Ratcliffe, 37, has led such a blitz, as part of a push by average Charlotteans to do something extra for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Christmas program. The first year, Ratcliffe and his co-workers at Northwestern Mutual raised enough money to get toys for 18 low income children enrolled in the Salvation Army’s program. Last year, it was 50. This year, it more than doubled to 110 kids.

Stephen Ratcliffe is not a big fan of shopping, but you wouldn’t have known that this week, when he orchestrated a $16,000 buying spree at the Walmart on South Tryon Street. Starting at 8:30 a.m., he and nearly 20 friends spent seven hours combing the store, filling carts with hundreds of toys and 70 bikes. It took two hours to check out the nearly 40 carts. This marks the fifth year Ratcliffe, 37, has led such a blitz, as part of a push by average Charlotteans to do something extra for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Christmas program. The first year, Ratcliffe and his co-workers at Northwestern Mutual raised enough money to get toys for 18 low income children enrolled in the Salvation Army’s program. Last year, it was 50. This year, it more than doubled to 110 kids. Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
Stephen Ratcliffe is not a big fan of shopping, but you wouldn’t have known that this week, when he orchestrated a $16,000 buying spree at the Walmart on South Tryon Street. Starting at 8:30 a.m., he and nearly 20 friends spent seven hours combing the store, filling carts with hundreds of toys and 70 bikes. It took two hours to check out the nearly 40 carts. This marks the fifth year Ratcliffe, 37, has led such a blitz, as part of a push by average Charlotteans to do something extra for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Christmas program. The first year, Ratcliffe and his co-workers at Northwestern Mutual raised enough money to get toys for 18 low income children enrolled in the Salvation Army’s program. Last year, it was 50. This year, it more than doubled to 110 kids. Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Eight-hour shopping spree plays Santa for 110 ‘Angels’

December 12, 2015 03:11 PM

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