GRAFTON—The Christmas holiday is sneaking closer and closer each day, and that means less and less time to get shopping for gifts for those special people in your life. While out purchasing those gifts, grab an angel off the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, to help make a little ones Christmas brighter.
The angels have been out for a couple of weeks now, and while many children from the trees have been adopted, there are still plenty left.
“We still have some angels on our Espresso Yourself Coffee House and Wal-Mart trees,” revealed Salvation Army Captain Denise Stewart. “While many angels have flown away, we have plenty that still need a compassionate heart to provide some gifts this year.”
She shared that while it is their hope that all the angels will be chosen, they know it is a very realistic that some angels will still be left on the trees this season.
Stewart would like to remind residents that angel gifts are due back today, Wednesday, December 6.
“Beginning today, we will start our distribution for the angels that were chosen,” she noted.
When adopting an angel off of the tree, individuals are provided with the child’s age, clothing sizes and a small list of items they like.
After the angels has been selected and gifts have been purchased, they may be dropped off at the Salvations Army Family Store, located in Greene’s Plaza, or at their Beech Street location.
“The idea behind the Angel Tree Program is not to necessarily provide an entire Christmas for the children, but to assist families in making sure children who still believe have something to keep the Christmas magic alive,” Stewart commented.
Stewart would also like to remind those families that did not get registered for the angel tree program that the organization is offering a second program for children in need of assistance.
“They can still sign up for our Forgotten Angel Program today,” revealed Stewart.
The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel program provides new toys for children to open on Christmas day.
“We try and get as many toys as we can on hand, and then we hold what we call Elf Night, where the parents are able to come in and pick a toy or two for their child,” shared Stewart. “If we are blessed enough to have an abundance of toys donated, then we will use them to help angels from the trees that were not selected.”
Those wishing to take part in the program may contact the Grafton Salvation Army on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., by phone at 204-265-3565.