Salvation Army in need of more holiday donations

By Justin Boron

Salvation Army is calling for help.

With its Angel Tree program behind schedule, local officials for the organization are asking for a little more generosity.

Charities are expecting a slower season after all of the donating that the Gulf Coast disasters required two months ago. But at the same time local charity officials have reminded people, groups, and businesses that there are still needs in the community.

In the Salvation Army's case, children still need to wake up with something under the tree.

Candi Marquez, who is coordinating the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program in Jonesboro, said they are feeling the brunt of the slower than usual donations.

Out of the 1,250 children with which Jonesboro branch is charged, 350 still have not been adopted by gift sponsors.

The group's Red Kettle Drive also has a long way to go, said Carla Daniel, the director of communications for Salvation Army in metro Atlanta.

Bell ringers have collected a little more than $137,000 metrowide in Atlanta so far this season, well short of the more than $1 million the Red Kettle Drive raised last year, she said.

To make donations to the local Angel Tree Program, contact Marquez or Carolyn Noel at (770)-603-6258 ext. 403.

The Department of Family and Children Services in Clayton County also needs sponsors in its gift program for foster children. For the DFCS program, call (770) 603-4647 or e-mail ldnelson@dhr.state.ga.us .