URGENT CALL FOR ANGEL ADOPTIONS 01/12/2011
The Salvation Army reminds shoppers
it is the last weekend to adopt angels in the malls
Angel Tree Booths in the malls will end this Saturday, December 3rd, but this year there are still approximately 2,600 angels waiting to be adopted and even more angels already adopted have yet to be returned.
Amanda Grieves, coordinator for the Angel Tree Program, said, "We are concerned this year that so many "angels" are still un-adopted from our Angel Trees. We don't want these children to be forgotten this Christmas."
The Salvation Army would like to remind folks while they are out holiday shopping to remember the less fortunate and adopt a child from one of the angel trees. Marketing Director, Jennifer Eldridge says, "It's a great holiday tradition to start with your family. For each child you have, adopt a child the same age off the Angel Tree. Encourage your kids to purchase clothes and toys for a less fortunate child that may be in their same class in school."
The organization is encouraging shoppers as they venture out to the malls this weekend to adopt an angel off the tree and return gifts to the Angel Tree Booth. After December 3rd, angel tree gifts will need to be returned to the Angel Tree Warehouse on 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, TN 37207.
The Salvation Army has created a Forgotten Angel Shop for children who are left un-adopted come distribution week as a back up plan. Daily's Convenience Stores has Forgotten Angels available and will also host Toy Field at LP Stadium on Wednesday, December 7th along with radio partners 103.3 WKDF and 104.5 The Zone. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted throughout the day.
JC Penney has also partnered with The Salvation Army to provide angel adoptions online. Visit www.jcp.com/angel.
Kroger has partnered to bring The Salvation Army Food Angel program. This holiday season while you are shopping in Kroger, be sure to pick up a Kroger Food Angel off the tree, located in front of the stores. You can provide a holiday dinner for an Angel Tree Family by simply taking a Food Angel tag to the cash register. The cashier will scan and $25.00 will be added to your grocery bill. Know that the $25.00 goes to a family in the form of a Kroger Gift card valued at $25.00 which can provide several meals for a family this holiday.
This weekend the community is invited to "Run for an Angel" at our Bridge to Bridge 4 mile run or 1 mile family fun walk. Register at www.irunfortheparty.com. A portion of your registration fee will support The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Participants are also encouraged to start a fund raising page to raise additional money to support angels in our community. Fund raising through the Nashville Sports Council site will be available until December 25th.
For more information on how you can help visit our website at www.salarmy-nashville.com or call Jennifer Eldridge at 242-0411.
About Angel Tree
Angel Tree gives individuals and partnering corporations an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors and provide personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season. Donors can be confident that their gifts go directly, and without excessive overhead, to those who are truly needy since all Salvation Army Angels are not served by other holiday assistance programs.
In 1979, Angel Tree was created by Salvation Army Officers Captains Charles and Shirley White in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonels Charles and Shirley White Currently serve as Area Commanders in Nashville.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million