Thousands of Kentuckiana Angels still in need of adoption
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The clock is ticking for thousands of Kentuckiana children hoping to find gifts under the Christmas tree this year.
Donations are down compared to this time last year for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. As of Monday, nearly 7,000 angels were left in Kentucky and 1,100 need to be adopted in southern Indiana.
With the Sunday December 8 deadline looming organizers are hoping the holiday spirit will spread fast among shoppers.
Leslie Bates and his 10-year-old son Collins scoured Oxmoor Center Monday. With a sharp red bike, the father and son delivered a message to their angel, a 13-year-old boy.
"To just let him know, that there are people out there who do care about him and that he's not forgotten," said Bates.
Collins said he wanted to get involved with helping other kids because, "Those boys and girls don't sometimes wake up without anything (under the Christmas tree.) I just feel sad and I know they deserve stuff."
Speaking of bikes, Jan Warren, her 13-year old granddaughter Madison Labruyere and 8-year-old twin grandsons Tanner and Parker Labruyere delivered one for their first ever angel. Tanner said he loves being on a bike and wanted their angel to know what it's like.
Madison said, "You see that you're getting all the presents you know, and then you hear about other kids not getting presents and feel bad about it and you really want to help out."
Buying for angels instead of an iPod Touch for themselves makes their grandmother proud.
For the Wales family, a shift to get angels adopted is tradition, not wanting any child to go without Christmas.
While we were talking to the Wales family, Collins and his dad were back at it shopping again for their second angel, a 9-year-old girl.
With Black Friday shopping over, the stores are much calmer now. Several mall stores are giving discounts for Angel Tree gifts.
You can adopt an angel by locating the Angel Tree table at Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Mall and Jefferson Mall in Louisville or Green Tree Mall in Indiana.
For more information about the Angel Tree program contact the Salvation Army at (502) 671-4920.
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