Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign in urgent need

The Pine Bluff Corps of the Salvation Army is in urgent need of participants for its annual Angel Tree campaign, which collects donated gifts for area children and seniors who would otherwise have nothing to open Christmas morning.

“Out of the 250 families in need this year so far we have only received gifts for 20 of them back,” said SA Captain David Leonard Monday afternoon. “I’m really, really starting to get concerned.”

Leonard said that those wishing to receive the name of a needy family should either go to the Salvation Army office at 501 E. 12th Ave. or pick a name off of Angel Trees located near the customer service desk at the Walmart Supercenter on Olive Street or next to Santa Claus at The Pines mall.

“We only have 11 days until we have to do the distribution so I am very concerned,” Leonard said.

Leonard said that optimally gifts should be dropped off with the Salvation Army by Dec. 17 or 18.

“If we have to go up through the 19th we’ll get them to where they need to be, but it will be much better if we can get everything a couple of days sooner,” Leonard said. “That would give us time to organize everything in a more orderly way and not force us into a last-minute rush.”