Community responds to Angel Tree plea

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – Dozens and dozens of toys flowed into the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree operations center today after the nonprofit issued an urgent plea Tuesday for help.

The agency had some 200 children without toys at the start of the week, and a Friday distribution deadline fast approaching. It 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, the Salvation Army’s director of social services. “I literally just had 20 people come in with arm loads of toys.”

But more are needed. The agency said it can especially use board games, books, sports equipment, and clothing. The items will be accepted until 10 a.m. Thursday at either the agency’s Carnation Street offices or Tupelo Furniture Market Building V.

For more information, contact the Salvation Army at (662) 842-9222.