Angel Tree program extended due to high number of Arkansans in need
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
It's a time for giving this holiday season, and that's exactly what the Salvation Army is needing.
At least 900 children part of the Angel Tree program still need to be adopted after 1,000 more children signed up this year versus last year.
More than 3,000 Arkansas children signed up for the program, and these children, called angels, are asking for minimal gifts this Christmas; their biggest need is clothes.
"We take it for granted, and it's eye-opening when you start looking at those lists and it's underwear, socks and shoes and coats. It just makes you want to get all of that for sure and then get the fun stuff,” said Coy Flynn as he was dropping off donations.
Flynn and his coworkers have been helping angels for the past few years hoping to fulfill the need that parents of these angels simply cannot afford to do.
“It means a lot that there's lot of kids out there that aren't going to have a good Christmas if we don't pitch in and help them, and it just feels good to give,” added Coy.
Each angel is given the chance to request a wish, ranging from bikes with helmets to the hottest toys on the shelves, but other requests show the reality of their needs.
“Sadly, some of the kids want food, I hate to say that, but...it's very heartbreaking some of the requests that we get. But we want to make sure that these kids have as normal of a merry Christmas that other kids have,” said Salvation Army Major Tracey Czajkowski.
The program’s deadline was extended due to the high number of children still needing to be adopted. To adopt an angel, you can stop by the Park Plaza Mall or McCain Mall through this Thursday, where they’ll also be accepting donations.