Angel tree provides Christmas hope for children
Published: December 4, 2006 | 5133rd good news item since 2003
The Demopolis Salvation Army is helping less fortunate children of the area have a merry Christmas through its Angel Tree efforts.
The group has setup an Angel Tree at Robertson Bank in downtown Demopolis in hopes that the public will help spread the spirit of the season, giving. Each angel on the tree represents a different needy child. [In Search of ..the Real Spirit of Christmas]
“Each Angel tag has a child’s first name, sex, age and clothing size,” said Kelly New, with the Salvation Army. “There is also a suggested toy that each child wants, but those that adopt an angel don’t necessarily have to adhere directly to the suggestion.”
New said that the program is a great way to help others during the holiday. She said that the trees are set up in high traffic business so that the public will have a chance to adopt an angel.
“Our local tree is set up at the downtown branch of Robertson Bank,” said Joyce Baty, of the Demopolis branch of the Salvation Army. “We want all of the angel children there to be adopted and time is running out.”
According to Linda Blair at Robertson Bank many of the angles on the tree have been adopted but there are some holdouts remaining.
“We always try and do something for the community during Christmas here at the bank, and we were contacted about this and thought it would be a good idea,” said Blair. “A lot of our employees adopted angels from the tree, close to 20, but there are still some left.”
The angel tree is open to members of the community who apply to get an angel on the tree. The Demopolis Salvation Army began taking applications for spots on the Angel Tree during the second week of October.
“Once people sign up the applications have to go through an approval process,” said New. “If they meet the requirements they are approved for the food program, the angel program or both.”
Once the angels are adopted the sponsor is given a time period to shop for items for their child before they must bring the gifts to the Demopolis Salvation Army. Baty said that the time is growing nigh for the gifts to be returned.
“This Monday there were seven angels left at the bank,” said Baty. “Time is running out. They must be turned in by Dec. 15.”
Both New and Baty said that the program has been a tradition in the Demopolis community for quite sometime. New said that the Angle Tree has been a yearly event for at least 15 years.