Christmas is just days away and there are angels who haven't been picked off the tree.
141 angels remain without gifts this Christmas. Salvation Army volunteers are shopping for them, but it's draining the organization's funds. “We have already purchased an additional $3,000 worth of toys and clothing items," said Captain Joe Irvin. That's on top of the $5,000 they already spent.
The number of unclaimed angels has tripled since 2012 in Bristol alone. “The only thing I can think of is the economy," said Irvin.
But no matter the reason, the Salvation Army is doing everything they can to help. Irvin said, “Everyone gets something. Not just something, we make sure it is a nice Christmas.
Wednesday is distribution day. “Moms and dads will come from all over the Bristol area get their angels their gifts take them home and wrap them and prepare to have a nice Christmas,” Irvin said.
The Salvation Army's warehouse is full of gifts, but there is still not enough. They say they will gladly accept donations through Tuesday in hopes of getting every angel adopted, and helping to make sure they don't clean out their emergency funds.