Tags hang from an Angel Tree at the Pines Mall on Friday with names of children that might not get a merry Christmas without a sponsor. (Special to the Commercial/William Harvey)
Local Salvation Army officials report the program is in urgent need of sponsors for the children and senior citizens whose names adorn Angel Trees placed throughout Pine Bluff and White Hall.
Salvation Army Capt. David Robinson said 825 kids and seniors are part of the program this year.
“We still have 300 that we haven’t been able to put on the trees because they are still full of angels,” Robinson said. “Sponsors will find that each angel has the name of a needy child or senior as well as suggestions on what they need or want, including clothes and shoe sizes and toys that they want. You don’t have to get everything that is on a list, just some of the items to give them a good Christmas.”
Robinson said that the Angel Trees are located at The Pines mall, the USA Drug at West 28th Avenue and Sout Fir Street, the Walmart Supercenter, JoyDell’s Tanning Salon in Watson Chapel and White Hall and Curves in White Hall.
“We have extended the deadline from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14,” Robinson said. “We ask that sponsors buy the items and then bring them to the Salvation Army at 501 E. 12th Ave. by that date.”
Robinson said that the Red Kettle Campaign is also struggling.
“As of Tuesday we’re $1,400 behind this time last year,” Robinson said. “We have fewer volunteers this year, but we’re ringing as many places as we can.
“We have faith that we’re going to come through, but we want people to know where we stand,” Robinson said. “We appreciate the community’s support.”