Shoals Angel Tree adoption location asked to move from Florence Mall

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - With Christmas fast approaching, the Salvation Army has been forced to re-locate Angel Trees across northwest Alabama.

As struggling families sit and wait their turn to apply for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, organizers continue to secure locations for the Angels to be adopted.

A few weeks ago, the Salvation Army got word from the owners of the Florence Mall they would not be allowing non-profits to solicit on the mall property.

“We’re not upset with the local management. They have worked with us since 1986 with having the Angel Tree in the mall and they have been very accommodating to us,” explained Patricia Clemmons with The Salvation Army of the Shoals.

Since receiving the letter from Hull-Storey-Gibson, Salvation Army of the Shoals leaders has had to scramble to find alternate locations.

According to Clemmons, for 28 years the Angel Tree program focused their efforts on customers of the mall.

Clemmons says she’s pleased with the number of businesses who have stepped up on the local level to allow them to use their facilities.

“This year it will just kind of divert people to other places to take those Angels,” Clemmons said. “The ultimate goal is to get the children served for Christmas.”

And no matter how many hurdles they must jump, Clemmons said they will find a way to serve the more than 1,300 children who will be Angels this year.

A full list of available locations to adopt this year’s Angel Tree participants is scheduled to be released early next week.

Adoptions will begin on November 20th.

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