Salvation Army in need of sponsors for Angel Tree Program
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Every year the Salvation Army holds their Angel Tree Program to fulfill Christmas wishes and needs.
This year, the nonprofit’s Shreveport branch received a record-breaking 1,719 trees. The deadline for adoption was this week, but there are still more than 400 trees waiting to find a home.
“The parents have gone through an interview process. They’ve put needs and wants on a tag. You’re not obligated to buy any of them. You can look at the tag and see it’s a seven-year-old and shop for whatever you think a seven-year-old would really love. But we never put a limit on what you can buy, and we appreciate everything you can do,” said Scott McCloud, volunteer coordinator.
Kyle Maher, a LSU Health student, says helping children holds a special place in her heart.
“It’s just so exciting to see the bags because I’m imagining the kids opening the gifts and getting excited themselves.”
She arranged for her and some classmates to volunteer with the nonprofit, fulfilling Angel Tree wishes and needs for less fortunate children.
As a child, Maher says she was fortunate enough to get all she asked for and didn’t realize that every kid’s Christmas is different.
“When you get something so frequently, it’s still exciting to get gifts as a kid, but when you don’t think there’s a chance, or you’re not expecting it at all and setting your bar really low, it’s a lot more exciting when you find out, ‘Oh! Someone was able to check this off my wish list.’”
She says the lack of sponsors is disappointing.
“It definitely makes me sad, especially knowing that I got to fill out my own bag and I was so excited because I’m just imagining my own kid opening it. But it is heartbreaking to know that other kids won’t get to experience the same thing when the opportunity is there to do it.”
With the opportunity still there, Maher hasn’t given up hope yet. She stresses that a little will surely go a long way.
“It does seem like a big list and it might seem like a task you don’t wanna take on. Anything helps. Like if you can contribute a pair of socks, anything, just something you can throw in as you’re shopping around, just grab one extra thing.”
The Salvation Army has extended the Angel Tree Adoption deadline to next Saturday, Dec. 10.
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