By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Low turnout for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree application drive prompted concern that children might fall through the cracks this holiday season.
The Tupelo-based agency opened its doors Monday to needy families wishing to register their children for Christmas presents but, as of Tuesday afternoon, had seen little more than 100 families.
“It’s usually lines going out the door, and this time it’s only a handful,” said Susan Gilbert, Salvation Army’s director of social services. “I know there’s still a need, and I’m worried some children aren’t going to get signed up in time.”
Registration continues today through Thursday.
Angel Tree is open to needy families from Lee, Prentiss and Union counties – as well as Amory, Smithville and Wren in Monroe County.
Parents must provide proof of residency, all forms of income, household bills, Social Security cards for the family, and immunization records for the children.
Those who are unemployed must demonstrate that they are looking for work.
Children age 12 and under accepted for the program will have their Christmas wish lists posted on paper ornaments that the nonprofit hangs from trees.
Anybody can pick one or more ornaments and go shopping for that child.
Presents are distributed to families in mid- December.
Angel Tree Application
FAMILIES CAN REGISTER for Angel Tree today through Thursday:
• Today, starting at 8 a.m.
• Thursday, starting at 1 p.m.
• Salvation Army, 527 Carnation St., Tupelo
• (662) 842-9222