Angel Tree gifts due Friday

Published 11:01pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

Now that no angels remain on the Angel Tree, the Salvation Army is encouraging all those who sponsored an angel to bring in their gifts Friday to the office, located at 2104 Franklin St.

“We’ve gotten about half of them [angel gifts] back,” Maj. Mary Welch said. “I’m really counting on everyone to come through with their promise and bring these gifts in.”

The Angel Tree program is something the Salvation Army does annually to ensure that underprivileged Dallas County children receive something special under the Christmas tree on Dec. 25.

“It does become real important that people get this in, because right now it’s difficult to find and buy all these things at Walmart, especially if you’re buying in quantity,” Welch said.

Welch said she will be at the office till 7 p.m. today to collect gifts.

If anyone feels as if they’ve missed out on this year’s program and would still like to participate, Welch said the Salvation Army is in need of girls’ toys.

“I have plenty of boy toys to fill in with, but I’m lacking in the girls’ stuff,” she said.

Parents will pick up the presents Dec. 20 at the Old National Guard Armory during their assigned time.

“Since parents don’t pick up the presents till the 20th, I’ll still accept gifts after Friday,” Welch said. “But I’d prefer everything be in by the end of the day so we know what angels we don’t have gifts for and we need to shop for.”

Over all, Welch said she’s very pleased with how the program turned out this year and she’s thankful for everyone who volunteered to shop for an angel.

“We’ve already had people volunteer to go out and shop for us,” Welch said. “This program always turns out well, people tend to like it.”

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