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Salvation Army's Angel Tree program still in need of donor angels

Posted December 10, 2019 4:10 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2019 8:47 p.m. EST

— The Angel Tree is becoming a Christmas tradition, and not just the giving, but the asking as well.

Maj. Al Newsome is the area commander for the Salvation Army. He is hopeful people will step up and donate what's needed.

“It’s concerning. I don’t know about frustrating, but definitely concerning,” he said.

With just about two weeks to go before Christmas, angel tags are still left on trees.

Officials say on Monday they had 1,700 angels waiting to be adopted.

As of Tuesday, that had dropped to 1,576 so the agency still has a way to go.

“Last year, a group came forward and grabbed all of the angels at the last minute, and blessed us with the opportunity of being able to give out a gift to every angel,” Newsome said. “I believe in Christmas miracles."

Yolanda Johnson rings the Salvation Army's kettle bell as an angel tree stands just a few feet inside a Walmart store.

“My connection to the angel tree is my children were on the angel tree,” she said.

Johnson's children are now grown, but ringing the bells is her way of paying back the goodness she once received.

“When they called me, they had bags, and the big bags. They had a bike for them (and) they had everything for my kids," she said. "And I don’t forget it.”

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