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Angel Tree Blitz to help 600 children

Majors Steve and Mary Welch of Selma’s Salvation Army pose for a picture beside a Christmas Angel tree Friday.

Majors Steve and Mary Welch of Selma’s Salvation Army pose for a picture beside a Christmas Angel tree Friday.

Christmas is fast approaching and while some families are searching for the perfect gifts, a few are wondering if Santa will visit at all.

To help those in need, the Salvation Army and Dixie Country are teaming up for the fourth annual Angel Tree Blitz, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25 on Broad Street near Welle Studio and Butler Truax Jewelers.

This year, there are nearly 600 angels waiting to be picked in hopes of a wonderful Christmas.

“For most, if not all of these families, this may be all the child gets for Christmas,” said Major Steve Welch, Corps officer. “The idea behind the Angel Tree program is that the children are anonymous.”

Parents or guardians of the children went to the Salvation Army and applied for the program.

“It’s really satisfying to get to interview the folks that are asking for help for their families, and then to see them when they come in to pick up their items and how happy they are to receive these gifts from the community,” Welch said.

The children remain anonymous to anyone that “adopts” them for Christmas. On each child’s tag, a first name is given along with clothing sizes and their personal wish list.

“We’re able to list on there what the child’s wish list is, about two or three items that they are really wanting and maybe a need on there,” Welch said. “It’s a little more personal when you’re buying for somebody. It’s something that child wants, and it just makes it more personal I think.”

Tuesday, Dixie Country will broadcast live from 6:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to help get the word out about the angels.

“The radio-a-thon really helps us to adopt a lot of the angels,” Welch said. “Usually at least half of them get adopted on that day. We hope to adopt them all on that day.”

Volunteers will be there to assist people in picking out an angel.

“It’s a fun day,” Welch said. “A lot gets accomplished to help people that need help.”

Although the hope is for every angel to be adopted, Welch said he still recommends for some people to donate money to help fulfill every child’s wish on Christmas.

“We do encourage people who might want to adopt a forgotten angel, they can do that,” Welch said. “Just donate money to help us provide for any angels that are forgotten toward the end.”

Welch said it would be great if all of the angels were adopted on the day of the radio-a-thon, but if they are not, they will be put on trees inside local businesses.

Places that will have a tree are Walgreens, the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, CSA Insurance Agency, the Salvation Army main office and Welle Studio.