To date, more than 100 individuals, families or groups are still needed to adopt a local family in need through the annual Christmastime program.
According to Sgt. Ruthie Forgey, local corps administrator, The Salvation Army Angel Tree provides Christmas assistance for children in need, their families and senior citizens who would not otherwise receive gifts, including necessities like food and warm clothing. Each angel placed atop The Salvation Army tree represents a family that has proven a genuine need and is counting on this program for assistance, Forgey said.
The local Salvation Army registered 4,505 angels this year, a 48 percent increase from two years ago. There have been 2,646 angels adopted so far, but the deadline to adopt and return gifts is just a few days away.
“Children don’t really understand the impact a low economy can have on families,” Forgey said. “Their enthusiasm and expectation will be the same as it always is on Christmas. We need help from caring individuals to make sure they have a full Christmas and experience the joy of opening a gift.”
Angels can be adopted at the Bradley Square Mall. Monetary donations to support Angel Tree can be dropped off at any of The Salvation Army Red Kettle locations; by mailing them to The Salvation Army Cleveland Corps, 437 Inman St., Cleveland, TN; or by calling 308-3467.