The Salvation Army begins their push to get angels adopted from their trees.
Angels can be young people whose parents are on hard times or even special needs or senior citizens who wouldn’t receive gifts otherwise.
The Salvation Army invaded a corner shop at Madison Square Mall, where they work to conscript shoppers to help them check names off a list, not put there for being naughty or nice, but instead needy.
Salvation Army Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator Lydia Pennington shares the story of one angel that stands out to her, “She actually was on the Angel Tree many years ago, but she came over from Vietnam and was a refugee. And she was on our tree.”
Another stands out to Pennington as well, “I had another one who I spoke with the other day, and she was on the Angel Tree. Her brother had cancer, both her parents were working, and they couldn’t provide her Christmas.”
But so many stories remain untold.
Pennington points out, “This year we have 3,136 angels just in Huntsville alone.”
That’s more than 3,000 people who would find undisturbed tree skirts on Christmas morning, bottom branches scarce touched without gifts to shove under the tree.
But a simple donation, adopting an angel, leaving a few dollars, contributing a toy, or even volunteering your time can make a difference.
After all, last year, the program had more than 300 angels who didn’t get adopted.
Organizers tell us they get a little something from the Salvation Army, but it’s not specific to them. It’s not as special.
You can adopt an angel at any of the Angel Tree locations, but for the second year, you can also do it online.