'Angels' Still to be Adopted

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

It has been a difficult year financially for many people. And that also means a difficult Christmas for some, including The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

Donations of toys by the U.S. Marine Corps this week was a huge help, but still hundreds of kids are yet to be adopted.

Maj. Steve Welch, commander of The Salvation Army, said he hopes that every child does get adopted. If it comes down to still having angels left, The Salvation Army has a plan.

"We'll just have to go with toys from Toys for Tots and other resources, but we prefer the Angel Tree so that they will really get what they are asking for for Christmas," said Welch.

Welch is trying to stay positive. He says it's not unusual for adoptions to take longer for the last hundred angels.

"It's usually more difficult to get the last hundred angels selected, in my experience, so we just hope people will step up to the plate," Welch said. "Those who haven't adopted an angel or those who have, they can do another one."

Although many angels still need to be adopted, the Citizens National Bank in downtown Meridian had success this year with its Angel Tree. Every angel they was adopted.

"Downtown we started with forty angels," said manager Diane Burnham. "And then the day we had the live radio remote we had to get twenty more angels. And today we adopted our last angel."

It's not just the downtown location that's having success either. It appears Citizens National Bank is doing its part to get those last few hundred angels adopted.

"I called around to all of our branches today and we only had seven angels left in our Meridian branches," said Burnham.

As of Dec. 17, angel trees remained at Bonita Lakes Mall, Olive Garden, and Citizens National Bank branches, except for the downtown location.

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