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Angel Tree Blitz nears goal

First Cahawba Bank president Catesby Jones, left, collects angels on behalf St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the bank Tuesday at the Angel Tree Blitz, as the Salvation Army’s Majors Steve Welch, Mary Welch and board member Jewel Williamson watch.

First Cahawba Bank president Catesby Jones, left, collects angels on behalf St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the bank Tuesday at the Angel Tree Blitz, as the Salvation Army’s Majors Steve Welch, Mary Welch and board member Jewel Williamson watch.

Christmas should be little merrier for hundreds of less fortunate children following the Salvation Army’s fourth annual Angel Tree Blitz.

About 487 of the 600 angels had been adopted with a couple of hours still left to go Tuesday.

Major Mary Welch, who helps head the nonprofit organization, said any remaining angels will be sent to Welle Studio, the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, CSA Insurance Agency and the Salvation Army’s main office for adoption.

“It’s really great that people that can do this,” Welch said.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program gives people the chance to sponsor less fortunate children at Christmas.

Those who sign up are given a wish list from the sponsored child, both needs and wants. Once the donors have shopped for those gifts, they return them and the wish list to the Salvation Army.

The organization asks that all presents be returned to its office at 2104 Franklin St. by Dec. 12.

Those who don’t have time to shop can donate money, and someone will buy gifts for the angels, who remain anonymous.

With so many angels adopted Tuesday, Welch was confident the event would be a success.

“I get really excited knowing that they are going to be taken care of, and we know the Lord always answers that prayer somehow,” Welch said.

She went on to say the Salvation Army would not be able to conduct the blitz without the support of the community.

First Cahawba Bank president Catesby Jones collected 37 angels Tuesday to distribute among First Cahawba Bank employees and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church members. It’s a yearly tradition, Jones said.

“We wanted to make sure these kids have a Christmas,” Jones said.

For more information, call the Salvation Army at (334) 872-1646.