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Salvation Army needs community angels

More than 300 children could go giftless

— The Jonesboro Salvation Army is in dire straits and it needs the community’s help.

With just over a week left in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, more than 300 economically disadvantaged Clayton County children are facing the prospect of not having a Christmas because no one will “adopt” them for the holidays. Nearly every child that was put on the tree remains unadopted, said Metro Atlanta Salvation Army spokesperson Lillian Harding.

“We have not had a good run at all,” Harding said. “If no one steps forward, there’s going to be more than 300 children who won’t get any presents for Christmas and that’s a lot for the community to bear.”

The Jonesboro Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is located at Southlake Mall in Morrow. Harding said each angel on the tree represents a child. Members of the community can “adopt” a child by taking an angel off the tree, buying the items on a list included on the angel and bringing the items to the Jonesboro Salvation Army office, at 130 Spring St., in Jonesboro.

“We really need people to pick up angels from the tree no later than this weekend, because we need the gifts to be dropped off by Dec. 14, to make sure we can contact families and let them know they’ve been adopted,” Harding said.

The Salvation Army is scheduled to distribute gifts to families Dec. 18, Harding said.