Salvation Army Angel Tree program gives back to children in need

There are some children on the Gulf Coast who will not receive Christmas presents without the help and support from the community.

At the Salvation Army, an Angel Tree program helps give Christmas gifts to children in need.

Every child who needs Christmas assistance, between the ages of one and 12, are called an ‘Angel’ and placed on a Christmas tree for volunteers to adopt.

Every angel has a list of three gift suggestions along with clothing sizes provided from a parent to make shopping easier and personal.

Volunteers are recommended to purchase only new gifts and bring in unwrapped items. However, you can send wrapping paper to go along with the gifts.

Monday is the deadline to drop off gifts.

If you did not get an angel off the tree to adopt, you can still donate a gift to brighten a child’s Christmas. Marketing Coordinator Morgan Shiyou said, “It’s just a wonderful thing to give back to a family like that and to know you are not only helping the parents, but giving hope to the children. That’s just one of the most beautiful things that the Salvation Army does at Christmas time for families.”

Tomorrow, the Salvation Army Kroc Center will be hosting a breakfast with Santa provided by Waffle House from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $5 per person.

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