'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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  • by jane Location: ms on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:25 PM
    Hey anonymous #1-This comment board is for the Salvation Army Angel tree...not your wisdom on buying early for your own family....and you are apparently a selfish, self-centered cheapskate......you probably don't reap too much.....Let's pray you never find yourself in a position that you need help from others...you may not get it...Anonymous #2-I agree 100% that everyone who helps anyone sould receive a thank you.....I find that Thank you here in MS is a phase not well known or used.....But GOD sees all and a thank you from an ignorant human doesnt compare with what GOD will provide you.
  • by upset on Dec 19, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    I understand what you all are saying, and I do feel bad for those who are truly needy. But when you are working around people that brag about all the "FREE" stuff they got and how they can spend their money on boyfriends and going out drinking then it is hard to want to help. I just wish there was a way to get those type people out of the system all together. Paying only a few dollars for rent and having the boyfriend right there too. I guess it will all come out on wash day.....
  • by Concerned Citizen on Dec 18, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Where do you think The Salvation Army gets their funds? From people who are kind enough to donate to help less fortunate children. Perhaps you could adopt an Angel or two. like some of us, that would be that many more who could get what they want. If you are not part of the "SOLUTION", then you are part of the "PROBLEM"
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    The company that I work for adopted an angel and bought a huge amount of stuff. EVERYTHING the child asked for and then some including stocking stuffers. When I dropped the items off there was not even a simple thank you from the lady at the front desk. But, that is okay because there will be a smile on the childs face on Christmas morning. I just think the lady at the Salvation Army drop off location could at least say Thank you.
  • by Anonymous Location: PHILLY on Dec 18, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    And to anonymous, what are you doing to help these kids. Just what i though nothing, GOD love's you eney way, GOD bless the salvation army and thank you for the work you do.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    If you ask me, we all are going through tough times right now. But we knew Christmas was coming, DUH. Buy a little here and there starting in Jan. That way, you get good sales, and you have started on your list for next year. I buy all my grand children's clothes a size or 2 bigger that way it will fit come Christmas. So start buying in Jan and when you get those income tax checks so your kids will have something and not have to depend on the goodness of someone else.
  • by jane Location: ms on Dec 18, 2009 at 02:02 AM
    No, its not way to go Salvation Army, it's way to go residents of Mississippi. If more people stepped up and adopted an angel those kids wouldnt have to settle for "leftovers". Time are tough, but everyone who has a roof over their heads should be thankful for that and give up a beer ot two and some smokes and adopt an angel out of gratitude for what GOD has provided them. More of the people who call themselves Christians should go read their Bible and get some guidance from it instead of sitting in church on Sunday and playing the part....You reap what you sow..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    Oh yea, the plan will be to give these kids leftoever toys and toys that they really didnt ask for or even want. Way to go Salvation Army and "Welch." Hmmmmm, Im all of sudden thirsty for some grape juice
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