Last week began with nearly 2,000 Angels needing to be adopted. Thanks to public and to the local media spreading the word the number of Angels needing to be adopted is down to 603.
"We are thankful about how the community has stepped forward to assist with the need,” said Salvation Army of Wake County area commander Al Newsome. “We are making one last push to have the 603 remaining Angels adopted today. We want to make sure that every child in need has a very merry Christmas and adopting an Angel will go a long way towards fulfilling that child’s wishes.”
The items must be adopted and returned today to TSA Christmas warehouse, located at 6140 Capital Blvd., Raleigh in the old Havertys building, next to Hobby Lobby.
Also of note, 6,655 Angels have been returned, almost triple the amount that had been returned by Thursday of last week. If someone took an Angel Tree tag last week, items can still be returned today (December 16) to 6140 Capital Blvd., Raleigh.
"We are thankful about how the community has stepped forward to assist with the need,” said Salvation Army of Wake County area commander Al Newsome. “We want to make sure that every child in need has a very merry Christmas. Adopting an Angel will go a long way towards fulfilling that child’s wishes.”
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need through the support of donors. Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of gifts. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
Once a child has been registered as an “Angel,” The Salvation Army makes a promise to provide Christmas for that child. This promise includes a variety of gifts for each child. In order to accomplish this, The Salvation Army depends on the generosity of individual donors, corporations and organizations. Last year, hundreds of companies, organizations and individuals helped fulfill the gift requests of more than 8,000 children in Wake County who would otherwise have not had gifts at Christmas.“The Salvation Army is grateful for the community and community partners. Because of their generosity, we can serve residents in need at Christmas and throughout the year with our social service programs,” says Major Newsome.