LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - The Salvation Army along with WAVE 3 and Kroger kicked off the 29th annual Angel Tree campaign in area malls on Friday. While shoppers are out taking care of their Christmas lists, they can also shop for an area child that otherwise wouldn't have much under the tree this Christmas.
Major Michael Hawley, Area Commander for the Salvation Army, said although requests for assistance is down a bit this year, there's still thousands that need help, "Well, the families that have applied and asked for assistance are slightly less in number than last year, but our total numbers are still high. There are 16,000 children that need adopting in the Kentuckiana area."
Most children are in need of clothes, shoes, coats and a few toys. Marica Brey has been volunteering for the Angel Tree since High School, "It was something that every season it came up I wanted to do it," said Marcia. "So I continued doing it even after high school and have been doing it ever since."
While some people have donated their time to help for years, others are seeing this Christmas as a first for Angel Tree, like Kristen Lang.
"I feel very privileged to be able to help out and it's a nice experience to be able to help kids."
You can pick up an angel at any mall in Louisville and southern Indiana. If you don't have time to shop for an Angel, you may want to consider picking up a Food Angel at any area Kroger store for $25. It's a quick and easy way to help a family have a nice dinner on Christmas.
More volunteers are needed to help man the booths at malls as well as help with distributing all the donated gifts. You can apply online if you would like to help. The Salvation Army is accepting applications here.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree runs now through December 9. All items must be returned unwrapped by that date to malls or the Salvation Army office.
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