Salvation Army Angel Trees going up

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

November 19, 2013

The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas event will begin tomorrow.

Six counties will be reached through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree efforts and will touch the lives of nearly 2,000 needy children.

Angel trees will be going up in the Middlesboro Mall to mark the beginning of one of the biggest nation-wide holiday giving events.

Angel shaped ornaments will be hung on Christmas trees throughout Middlesboro and surrounding counties. The ornaments will contain the ages, sizes, wants and needs of area children that have applied for assistance with the Salvation Army.

If you are interested in giving to the angel tree program, you should pick up your angel ornament at a participating business in the area. Then you can purchase the listed items on the ornament. The unwrapped gifts should then be placed in the attached bag and returned to the Salvation Army.

Several locations will have angel trees, including the Salvation Army office, Middlesboro Mall, J.C. Penney in Corbin, Walmart in Middlesboro, London, Barbourville, Corbin and Williamsburg.

Various businesses will also have angel information throughout Harlan County.

“Kids won’t know that they were ever listed unless the parent decides to tell them. It can be just a completely anonymous way of giving,” said Lt. Sarah Quinn.

After purchasing the gifts for the child listed on the angel ornament, the Salvation Army will check to make certain the gifts are unused, unwrapped and appropriate for the listed age and gender before distribution to the family.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.