Salvation Army distributes Angels gifts

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2007


The Salvation Army distributed more toys than ever this year.

Needy children&8217;s names placed on their Angel Tree who didn&8217;t get adopted will have presents under Christmas trees.

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New supervised the distribution of toys donated for children at the National Guard Armory on Dallas Avenue. What took half a day to package was handed out in 30 minutes.

Salvation Army volunteers, joined by Selma Fire Department firefighters and Dallas County Sheriff deputies, helped wheel bags of toys out in grocery buggies. The floor of the old armory was covered with sorted bags of dolls, balls, games, books and gifts to make the season brighter for children who, otherwise, may not have a good Christmas.

More than 860 children in 410 families will have a happier Christmas because of it.

Captain New said a few of their Angels on the Angel Tree stationed at the Selma Mall didn&8217;t get adopted, but that didn&8217;t stop those Angels from getting unwrapped presents. He said they receive donations of toys, and they even buy some.

With four days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army will have more requests for assistance. And they&8217;ll come through, Captain New said.

The Salvation Army, based in Selma, provides services to persons in need in Dallas, Wilcox, Lowndes, Perry and Marengo counties.