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.