Angel tree helps wishes come true

Published: December 5, 2005 | 2915th good news item since 2003

The Salvation Army is aiming to make this a Merry Christmas for over 390 underprivileged children in Matagorda County.

“I hope we are able to fulfill the wishes of all the children,” said Minnie Martinez, Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel coordinator.

“We try to take care of every child on the list,” she said.

The first names of these children are listed on Angels hanging from Christmas trees in Wal-Mart, International Bank of Commerce (IBC), Wells Fargo and Hibernia National Bank.

The 2005 campaign started Thursday, Dec. 1 and will end at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Each angel includes the child’s first name, age, gender and gifts the child would like for the holiday.

The children are asking for a variety of gifts including clothing and toys.

“Many of them are happy to get anything, every gift is appreciated,” said Martinez.

Once an angel is removed, a gift is bought and delivered to the Salvation Army in Bay City, 1911 Seventh St.

Each angel has a number that corresponds to one of the children, the information is matched and the gift is delivered to the child.

Children from birth to 12-years of age are eligible for placement on one of the trees.

The Salvation Army also will accept monetary donations to help take care of some of the kids wishes.

If there are leftover angels, Salvation Army will use the donations to buy gifts for those kids.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate in the program.

• You can read more Christmas news, including news about the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project, on Joy of Christmas

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