GRAFTON—Christmastime is creeping up on us fast, and before we know it, the time to unwrap gifts will be here. The Grafton Salvation Army would like to remind residents that there is still time to pick an angel and help make their holiday a little brighter.
The organization’s annual Angel Trees are out in the community and adorned with angels just waiting for a caring person to take under their wing this Christmas.
“Our program doesn’t just help kids in the immediate area of Grafton,” explained Salvation Army Captain Denise Stewart. “We’re actually in three counties.”
She shared that the program offers children in Taylor, Barbour and Randolph Counties the joy of opening presents on Christmas day.
“Last year, we served hundreds of children in the three counties,” Stewart shared. “Knowing that we helped make their holidays a little brighter is the joy that we need to know the program is worthwhile.”
Angel Trees are up around town, filled with angels in anticipation of caring, compassionate community members who will adopt them. This year, the trees will be featured at the Salvation Army’s Beech Street location, their store, and at Expresso Yourself Coffee House.
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.
“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 on keep the Christmas magic alive,” Stewart commented.
She shared that there is still plenty of time for residents to pick an angel of their choice.
“We are a couple weeks away from our distributions,” Stewart revealed.
She reported that the Taylor County angel distribution day is set for Wednesday, December 18.
“On that day, families who have applied for the program can come to our office at the time on the card they received, to pick up their presents,” Stewart noted.
Folks in Barbour County can head to the Barbour County Fairgrounds on Thursday, December 19 for their distribution, and on Monday, December 23, happy elves will be passing out presents to those enrolled in Randolph County.
There are plenty of angels left including Conner, Ian and Timothy, some of the Salvation Army’s sweet boys.
Conner is three years old and is currently wearing size 3T clothing and size 8 shoes. He is your typical boy and enjoys trucks and sports ball. Little Conner is asking for some toys of his favorite character, PJ Masks.
Four-year-old Ian is currently wearing 4T-5T clothing. His interests include tools, cars and of course, dinosaurs. He would love to receive some special gifts this holiday season.
Timothy is eight years old and loves Transformers, cars and playing on his Xbox. He he is asking for some additional Xbox One games to help him pass the time. Timothy wears a size 8/10 in clothes and sleepwear and is in a size 4 shoe.
These angels and so many more are hoping that a kind, compassionate person will help to make their Christmases a little cheerier.
“We would like to see all of our angels receive a gift this Christmas,” Stewart expressed.
To adopt one of these angels, to find another angel in need, or to learn more about the Angel Tree program, please contact the Grafton Salvation Army by phone at 304-265-3565.