Need More Donors for Angel Tree

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's just a few days left in the Angel Tree program and although thousands of families have adopted needy children to buy gifts for this season, there are still many others who are waiting for help.

The Salvation Army registered about a thousand more children this year - totaling 7,000 boys and girls who need your help.

Captain Dawn Worthy of the Salvation Army says last year, people couldn't wait to scoop up these angels right after Thanksgiving, but it's been a bit slower this year.

"I've had several donors who called to say I want to get my angel in I was just laid off work so it's going to take me a little bit longer so even our donors are in a very difficult spot financially," said Worthy.

Volunteers at the distribution center near Virginia Center Commons are just starting to process the gifts donors drop off.

Right now, there are many angels without toys.

"It's heartbreaking and our community is really hurting this year so I encourage everybody who haven't gone out to get an angel," said 5th year volunteer, Anne Schaffer.

Each angel represents a child, so if you've taken an angel off a tree, you are the only one who can fill his or her wish list.

Times may be difficult this season, but donors like G.W. Simons finds a way to include an angel on his Christmas list every year.

"There are a lot of families that are feeling the crunch with unemployment and such as it is...we're just cutting back on gifts to family members and we just thought this would be a good idea," said Simons.

Sydney Davis at just 16-years-old is starting her own tradition.

"I've always been spoiled as a child so I thought it was time for me to give back," said Davis.

The Salvation Army Angel Trees are up at local malls right now including Short Pump Town Center, Dick's Sporting Goods at Stony Point, Southpark mall, Virginia Center Commons, JC Penny at Regency Square and Chesterfield Town Center.

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