Community responds to Angel Tree plea for help

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Dozens and dozens of toys flowed into The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree operations center Wednesday after the nonprofit issued an urgent plea for help.
The agency had some 200 children without gifts at the start of the week, and a Friday distribution deadline was fast approaching. Officials urged residents to donate quickly, with a special request to shop for boys and girls ages 8-12.
The community responded.
“It’s amazing,” said Susan Gilbert, Salvation Army’s director of social services. “I literally just had 20 people come in with armloads of toys.”
Among those who responded was Wendy Todd, who bore a bag of gifts purchased by children in her Sunday school class at Calvary Baptist Church. They heard about the Angel Tree and wanted to help out, she said.
Also donating was Peggy Cadden of Amory, who said she and her daughter participate every year.
But additional items are needed to brighten Christmas for the more than 1,000 children registered this year.
The agency said it can especially use board games, books, sports equipment and clothing. The items will be accepted until 10 a.m. today at either the agency’s Carnation Street office or Tupelo Furniture Market Building V.
For more information, contact The Salvation Army at (662) 842-9222.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com