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Officials: Hundreds of angels have not been adopted from Salvation Army’s Angel Tree

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Salvation Army is extending its deadline for the Angel Tree in hopes of receiving more donations to help needy Oklahomans.

So far, organizers say almost 300 angels have not been adopted off the Angel Trees and more than 2,700 have not been returned with their gifts.

“Even though our Angels may never know where these gifts come from, the feeling they get on Christmas morning when they open their gifts will stay with them forever,” said Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Once again we ask for the community’s help to make Christmas bright for families in need so no child or senior is forgotten.”

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program makes sure that gifts are given to children and seniors who would not otherwise have presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

The deadline to return gifts was Dec. 10, but it has been extended until Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Penn Square and Quail Springs Mall.

On average, 15 to 20 percent of angels are not returned because they are lost or forgotten. If you cannot adopt an angel, the Salvation Army is in need of new clothing and new toys to go to children between 6 and 14-years-old.

Toy and clothing donations may be brought to the Angels Trees or Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads until Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.

Angel Tree families will begin receiving gifts on Dec. 19 through Dec. 22.