FLORENCE, Ala. - There’s a call for help being sent out across northwest Alabama.
The Salvation Army of the Shoals has launched their annual Angel Tree program to help families in need.
Just inside the main entrance to Dillard’s at the Florence Mall sits a tree of hope. Angels adorn the Christmas tree waiting to be adopted.
This year they are closing in on the 1,500 mark for children needing help.
“Every day we are doing emergency cases, families who weren’t able to make it for our regular signup and they are now coming out to see about getting assistance,” explained Capt. Benjamin Deuel with The Salvation Army of the Shoals.
Captain Deuel oversees the Angel Tree program. He said every child deserves to have gifts to open on Christmas morning.
“Every kid wants to get something for Christmas, and so we want to make sure the best we can anyway that the people who come to us for assistance get that,” Deuel said.
Captain Deuel said it’s their mission to help pick people up. Most of the families they see have fallen into a difficult period of time.
“There’s no shame in that,” stated Deuel. “We don’t make them feel bad about it either. We want to make them know, listen we understand where you are coming from and we want to be able to help.”
In 2015, The Salvation Army of the Shoals was able to provide more than 13,000 gifts to children and needy families through the Angel Tree program in northwest Alabama. They are hoping to surpass that number this year.