It's September and a local charity is already making a list of Christmas wishes. This year the Biloxi Salvation Army is accepting applications for its Angel Tree Program earlier than usual. The struggle to give their children a better Christmas led dozens of people to the Biloxi Salvation Army's doorstep on Wednesday.
Christmas at Sabrina Vojtech's home has been severely scaled back the last few years. Because of a disability, she says she can't afford to buy many presents for her young daughters.
"It's really hard. You want to do the best you can for them," said Vojtech. "Yes, it's hard."
With hundreds more applicants (many of whom were last minute) workers at the Biloxi Salvation Army say they had a hard time meeting all the Christmas needs last year. This year they hope to make the process go smoother by getting an early start.
Geraldine Martin is the Corps Officer for the Biloxi Salvation Army. "Last year we just kind of ran on and on up until the time to have the tags on the tree. That creates logistics problems in getting those angel tags distributed and getting volunteers to adopt those tags, get the gifts and bring them back to us."
Bonnie Miley has seen the difference that Angel Tree program can make written in her granddaughters' smiles on Christmas morning.
"Oh, was we happy with all the precious gifts that she received. We thank God for these people you know," said Miley.
The Salvation Army will take Angel Tree applications for Biloxi and D'Iberville residents September 8-10 and again September 14-16th. Times are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its office on Howard Avenue. For information on what documents to bring call 374-8301.