Major Sue Dorman, senior officer for the Army in Northeast Mississippi, said their biggest need currently is for volunteers to serve as their iconic bell ringers. Without volunteers, the Army must pay people to ring the bells and thus have less money to help those in need.
The Army’s annual Angel Tree is still in place at The Mall at Barnes Crossing. This tree is decorated with the anonymous Christmas wish lists of kids from distressed families. Mall shoppers may register for a list, purchase the items, and return them to the Army for distribution. Angel Tree workers said a shopper can expect to spend about $75 per list, and many children’s Christmas lists are still waiting to be adopted.