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Christmas Angel Tree comes to Southlake Mall for first time in 10 years

By Rachel Shirey

rachel@news-daily.com

MORROW — ’Tis the season to be giving, especially for a child in desperate need of an angel.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program arrived at Southlake Mall Friday for the first time in 10 years. Their goal is to brighten a child’s holiday season by donating gifts to struggling families living in Clayton County.

Angel Tree volunteers decorated a Christmas tree in the mall Wednesday night with hundreds of angels still in need of a sponsor.

“The donor gets an angel with a little card, and on the card is the child’s first name, their gender, their age, and the sizes that they wear in clothing and a couple of needs,” said volunteer Carolyn Noel.

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to pick an angel off the tree and purchase gifts for that child, such as socks, underwear and toys.

They can then turn in the purchased gifts that day unwrapped until Dec. 8. The gifts will then be delivered to the child’s parents in time for Christmas.

“I’m helping John this year and he’s 8, and he really wants Spider-Man,” Noel said. “And so it’s the personal connection — obviously, we don’t give up the last name so it’s confidential — but we still have that connection where they’re connecting with that child and whatever (the donor) purchases for that child will be given to that child.”

The Angel Tree program had more than 1,100 children qualify this year, which is more than in years past. However, churches and school programs that typically participate have had to cut back on their numbers due to the economy.

They still have about 600 unsponsored children on the tree with only three weeks left.

“I am very concerned and I’ve been told not to expect very much because we don’t have a toy store in this mall so I shouldn’t expect very many, but I have great faith that once (people) see it, that they’ll start adopting,” said Captain Christi Taylor.

Taylor refuses to believe that they will have to disappoint children this year and maintains her trust in the communities’ ability to embrace the holiday spirit.

She hopes to continue to pass along the tradition of giving.

“I hear stories over and over again throughout the years where someone adopts an angel from the tree and they say, ‘You know what, when I was a kid, I was an angel on the tree.’ So we want to pass that on,” Taylor said.

Comments

OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

....No Money to give out this year, not after Rendering Unto The City of Morrow.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

......(( "Christmas Angel Tree comes to Southlake Mall for first time in 10 years" }}

,,,,,,,Thinking more about this; My Wife and I never missed a " Friday after Thanksgiving" at the Mall until about 12 years ago.

.....I really dislike having to say this, but, we had much better luck at finding gifts at other places, after browsing around the Mall all day with little luck.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

.....During our last Christmas spending shopping sprees that we had, on Black Friday, We was going into every store at The Mall and purchasing gifts for everyone in our family; This was also the time that we bought items for ourselves. For every store that we went into, upon exiting the store, we would have to submit to having our bags checked, searched, submit cash register receipts, while Mall Security or Store Personal cleared us to exit the store's doors. At first, it didn't bother us but after third time, it became an irritation, bothersome, and insulting. Mind you, that we was carry over $2,000. to $3.000. cash with us, and I also carried a concealed handgun on my side. This last thing that I wanted was a argument and an incident in a public place, during the holiday Christmas Shopping Season.

.....Sad but True.

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spencerid 1 year, 1 month ago

This Christmas I will be in Perth. I always took part at the Christmas parade, but unfortunately this year I will be absent. On the other hand I will have the opportunity to be with a lovely family and to spend some exciting days far way from home.

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