UPDATE 12/08/14: The deadline is quickly approaching for all new, unwrapped presents for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and around 2,000 angels are still waiting.
The Angel Trees are located at Quail Springs, Penn Square and the Outlet Shoppes in Oklahoma City. The deadline is December 11.
If you cannot adopt an Angel there is still a need for new, unwrapped toys and clothing items for those Angels not adopted. You could donate one or several items for Oklahoma Children ranging in age from 0-14.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Angel Trees are bright and shining in Oklahoma City.
NewsChannel 4’s Kevin Ogle, the Oklahoma City Thunder mascot, Rumble and The Salvation Army Brass Band Ensemble helped start today’s activities at the Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City.
“To give them a little bit of Christmas under the tree is really something special to do,” Ogle said.
Just take an angel ornament off the Angel Tree and buy the present or toy listed on the angel.
“We get the gifts to the parents so they can actually wrap themselves and put them under their tree, and so it’s our hope that the children would never know that the Salvation Army was ever involved,” Major Carlyle Gargis, with the Salvation Army, said.
Shoppers can adopt an angel by visiting one of the Angel Tree locations at Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall or The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City.
Return it to the mall, unwrapped by December 11th.
Children of all ages are on the angel tree.
You can even find some senior citizens, but the biggest need for the Salvation Army is those between the ages of 11 and 14.
“I was interviewing one of the young men, he was 62, and I asked him what his need was and he just needed towels,” Beth Everett, Salvation Army volunteer, said.
Organizers say they are still in need of volunteers for the program.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Angel Tree, call Liz Banks at (405) 246-1107.
“All of these items come back to the Salvation Army, and we have truly an army of volunteers that work to put all of those together because those gifts go to each child directly,” Major Gargis said.
In addition to the Angel Tree, the Salvation Army is also kicking off its Red Kettle Campaign.
If you want to ring the bell at a red kettle, call Kenny Kelly at (405) 458-5648.
If you want to avoid the cold weather but still raise money for the charity, you can participate in the online Red Kettle campaign.