BUCKHANNON — Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time to pick up your Angels Tree tags and start shopping!
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program was originally created in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White in Lynchburg, Virginia. The program has since expanded nationwide and helps provide clothing and toys for children in need at Christmas time.
The Salvation Army of Buckhannon currently has Angel Trees set up at their North Spring Street location, as well as Walmart, Kroger and Stockert Youth and Community Center. The only drop-off site for the purchased gifts will be at the Salvation Amy.
According to organizers, 136 families are signed up and approved for the Angel Tree program this year, which is 60 more than last year.
Please follow the sizes and appropriate age groups on the selected Angel Tree cards when purchasing gifts, so they will be useful and enjoyable for the young recipients. The Salvation Army of Buckhannon’s Social Service Program Coordinator Melissa Vaughn commented, “We want families to have valuable memories of giving gifts to their children. It is part of growing up for the kids.”
For those who cannot afford to sponsor an Angel on their own but want to help, there is a link posted on the Buckhannon Salvation Army Facebook page “Registry of Good.” This will allow anyone who would like to purchase any gifts to donate to the Salvation Army for Angels. Everything bought will help an Angel, whether the Angel was not given to someone or if chosen Angels are missing gifts.
If you have any questions, contact Vaughn at the Salvation Army by calling (304) 472-6165.