As the Christmas holiday draws nearer, the fact remains that this time of the year can be horribly depressing for those facing lost jobs, foreclosure and the light in their children’s eyes as they talk about the holidays. With job layoffs and little cash on hand, the pressure to provide even a passable holiday season to kids is tough for many.
This year marks the 21st year of The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in an effort to ease the pain, and provide hope for the holidays, for less fortunate children.
Now through December 11th, metro Atlanta shoppers can visit any metro Atlanta Simon Mall location to ‘adopt an angel’ and provide new toys, clothing and other gift items for a more than 10,000 less fortunate children.
“Many local families are choosing between heat and light, or getting their groceries at food pantries such as ours, and their hearts are breaking when they hear their small children talk with excitement about what Santa might bring,” explains Major James Seiler, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander, who says that anyone who wishes to help can visit the Angel Tree at their nearest Simon Mall to select an Angel Tag. Each Angel Tag features the first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and a gift-wish list of a child under 12 years of age from a low-to-no income household.
“We want to ensure that every child have a joyous Christmas,” says Seiler. “This year, 10,000 children will be represented on our Angel Trees. We need the community’s support to brighten the holidays for each and every one of them.”
The Salvation Army 2010 Angel Tree Program, sponsored by McGuire Woods LLP, will run Monday-Saturday, 11am-8pm, through December 11, at Lenox Square Mall, Town Centre at Cobb, North Lake Mall, The Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett Place Mall, Phipps Plaza, and Discover Mills Mall.
For more information on The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, or to make your Christmas donation online, visit http://www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.