11130617 Angel Tree
Sandi P. Beason
Salvation Army Maj. Sue Dorman and volunteer Joyce Johnston select angels for adoption Monday at The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
– The main Angel Tree is at the food court in the mall. For more information, call the Salvation Army at 842-9222.
By Sandi P. Beason
TUPELO – Sue Dorman remembers her family’s receiving Christmas assistance from the Salvation Army when she was a child.
“A lot of kids remember that,” said the Salvation Army major. “They knew their parents were in need and they are looking back.”
Now, they have a chance to return the favor. Adoptions began Monday for children on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The main tree is inside The Mall at Barnes Crossing, and other trees are up at Marty’s Hair House, Sonic and each Wal-Mart.
Susan Gilbert, director of social services, said some 1,900 children are seeking assistance this year, up from 1,500 last year.
“A lot of plants closed and gas is higher,” she said. “We have seen an increase in all services.”
It costs $50-$75 to fill each child’s wish list, which includes toys, educational items and clothing. Gilbert encouraged people who want to spend more than that to adopt another angel.
Gifts should be returned, unwrapped, to the location of the angel adoption on or before Dec. 10. Distribution day is Dec. 20.
“My family is doing this instead of buying Christmas presents for each other,” said Barbara Vaughn, Salvation Army auxiliary member.
She adopted four angels Monday and said she is planning a shopping day to fill the wish lists.
“These type of occasions show that people are looking outward, not just inward,” Dorman said. “This could change someone’s life. It changed mine.”
Contact Daily Journal reporter Sandi P. Beason at 678-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org