Angel Tree Kickoff

It was a year ago when the Salvation Army in Meridian was faced with double the number of children than usual, who needed to be adopted from the angel tree. This year that number has swelled even more.

According to board members with the local Salvation Army this year the Angel Tree Initiative is working to provide gifts for about 2,200 children. According to them, most of these kids are from East Mississippi but some are even from West Alabama. To make this happen, they need a lot of help.

"A lot of the people are new faces because of the economy. It is still not doing very well in this community, said Major Steve Welch with the Salvation Army. " So, there are more people finding themselves needing help to have a good Christmas."

With the lagging economy, Major Welch says most people are feeling the pinch, but with the growing number of kids in need on the angel tree, he says it's obvious that some are hurting more than others.

"It takes a lot for somebody to come in and apply for assistance and that's one thing we like to know that someone really wants help and really needs help and so if they take the time to come in and bring the documentation, they really need help," said Welch.

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  • by been there done that Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    I feel for the little ones that truly will not have much of a Christmas, and I am sure there are new faces because of the economy. But I will tell you there are people that go do this every year even if they do not need the help. I asked for help 1 time when my kids were little, they are grown now. And let me tell you this, I knew a lot of the people asking for help and KNEW at the time they did not need any help. I heard one lady say she comes every year to get extra stuff for her kids so that she can spend her money on her boyfriend. All I can say is what goes around comes around......and I think that you all need to investigate the applicants a little better. And just for the record we donate every year for this and I hate to because I know someone is abusing this and taking from those really in need. God Bless...
  • by Puzzled Location: Pachuta on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    One year while volunteering, I mentioned to one of the recipients that more people should volunteer and she told me she did not have the time to volunteer, I thought yet you have time to come down and get something for free but you don't have the time to give something back to the community for free....
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