Meridian, Mississippi The first phase of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program kicked off Tuesday at Citizens National Bank downtown.
770 children will be featured on angel trees around town this Christmas season. The Salvation Army verifies the family's need. Members of the community are then asked to "adopt" children of these families and supply specific toys and clothing for them. Angel trees are set up at Citizens National Bank offices in Meridian, Quitman, and Philadelphia, and at Bonita Lakes Mall, near the entrance to J.C. Penney.
"The gifts that they are so generously giving are everything to a child on Christmas morning. It's the difference between the lump of coal in a stocking and the shiny toy that's under the tree. It makes their holiday," said Major Glenn Riggs, Meridian's Core Officer of the Salvation Army.
The MCC chorus sang Christmas songs to get everyone in the spirit for this year's campaign.