A few Angles remain on one of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, this one located at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library. -- Sarah Cook

Only a few Angels remain unadopted

Published 11:28pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

In most cases a shortage of Christmas tree ornaments would be a holiday tragedy but in this case, it is a blessing.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is down to its final Angels. Seventeen angels remain on the Walgreen’s tree while seven are left at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library. The deadline to turn in Angel gifts is Dec. 14.

Major Mary Welch, of the Salvation Army, said she and her husband, Steve, have been pleased with the turnout of this year’s Angel Tree program.

“People enjoy this, buying for other people,” Mary said. “I always ask people if they had fun doing this and they always say yes. Sometimes it’s a little more meaningful than just throwing the money in the kettle — it feels more personable.”

Catesby Jones, president and CEO of First Cahawba Bank, said he sponsors an Angel every year.

“We sponsored 15 Angels this year,” Jones said, who also serves on the Salvation Army board. “I just think this is a very worthwhile cause. There are a lot of kids out there in need and we need to make sure they have a good Christmas and that’s why we are participating in the program.”

Mary said a lot of businesses like First Cahawba have taken initiative and sponsored several Angels this year. EvMarie’s Cupcakery, Boyd Financial Group and Alabama Power are just a few organizations that have sponsored Angels.

“A lot of people have even already volunteered for distribution, which I’m very grateful for.” Mary said. Distributions will be held at the Old National Guard armory.

The program began with 522 angels, and Mary said this is just the final push to get that number down to zero.

“We’re very thankful for everyone who’s helped us through this,” she said. “This will make Christmas so much better for so many children.”

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