HUNTSVILLE – Holiday shopping has started, and The Salvation Army reminds Huntsville and Madison County residents to not forget children and their families that might go without unless they reserve donations through the Angel Tree program.
Though the resurgent, growing economy has seen the country drop to record unemployment rates, there are still families in need of gifts, clothing, essential items and food for those who otherwise would go without.
Last year, The Salvation Army provided gifts to 1,045 kids.
“We’ve seen a rise in the number of families needing help this year, and we don’t want any child to go without Christmas,” said Maj. Richard Watts, commanding officer of The Salvation Army. “We rely on the support and generosity of our community to help us bring the joy and miracle of Christmas to those in need.”
The Salvation Army reports that the iconic tree won’t be filled with paper angels representing a child or senior who may not receive a gift at Christmas without assistance or “adoption.”
“We are forever grateful for the generous support of our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army at Christmas and all year round,” Watts said. “There’s also the opportunity for your business, civic group or church to host an Angel Tree at your location.
“Please let us know if you would like to support us in any way.”
Adopted angel gifts can be dropped off at The Salvation Army office, 2114 Oakwood Ave., or Parkway Place until Dec. 8.
Gift distribution will take place from Dec. 18-20. Volunteers are always appreciated for distribution day. Call 256-536-5576 to volunteer.
“You can also shop for Angel Tree gifts from the comfort of your own home,” Watts said. “Thanks to Walmart, donors can purchase gifts for The Salvation Army Angel Tree through Registry for Good.
“Walmart will deliver these items directly to The Salvation Army. You can search for The Salvation Army Huntsville https://www.walmart.com/registry/RR/118521c9 -aecc-4a4e-83ab-7e53f07b507d and order items today that will benefit local families.’’
For more information about adopting an Angel or current volunteer opportunities, call The Salvation Army at 256-536-5576 or visit salvationarmyalm.org/huntsville.