Salvation Army providing for all 'forgotten angels'
Thousands of children every year are on the angel trees, but many are forgotten.
We went to the Salvation Army to find out what happens to the children whose names are not taken from the tree.
"It happens on occasion, where a donor will grab an angel and in the hustle and bustle of the week they sit it down and forget about it," said Captain Joseph Irvin.
For Linda Chatman, it is a priority, saying every child deserves a Christmas.
"Because there are a lot of kids who are not going to get anything for Christmas and it's just sad," said Chatman.
We learned there are nearly 7,000 names on the angel trees in the Tri-Cities.
Captain Irvin who told us 1,000 of those are in Bristol and some of them have not been picked up. "We're missing about 250 angels that have not been returned yet," said Captain Irvin.
Captain Irvin told us if they are not brought back, they will be considered forgotten angels. However, while they may be called forgotten angels, they are far from being forgotten.
We learned the Salvation Army has a toy room where they take toys to children who may have been forgotten angels or even add it to another child's Christmas to make it a little extra special.
In addition, Captain Irvin says everyone will be taken care of. "No child who applied for assistance, no family who applied for seasonal assistance will go without gifts for Christmas," said Captain Irvin.
We learned every child will receive clothing and a few toys to open on Christmas morning.
Chatman urges everyone who can to participate. "I think it's important for everybody to take one or two or more names on this Christmas tree," said Chatman.
She says you will not regret it. "It leaves you with a good feeling to do this for these kids," said Chatman.
While the deadline has passed for some of the angel trees, you can still bring by any donations or angel gifts until the distribution day to the Salvation Army.
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