One lady chose two angels to buy gifts for from the tree at Edgewater Mall. That's two down and about 350 more angels to go who are waiting for someone to adopt them. "This is probably the most angels we've ever had left unfortunately and I can't attribute it to any one factor," says Angel Tree Volunteer Scottie Maddox.
The tags list the names of children, their clothing sizes, and a toy wish list. Maddox says the demand is pretty much the same as last year but the donations are not keeping up with the need. Latisha Seivright picked an angel for the first time. "I feel it's important that people remember that Christmas is a time for givin' mostly not just for receiving and it benefits me to help a child that's in need of a toy and it just really makes me feel good that I can help a kid that really needs somethin' for Christmas," she says.
Chris Aric says supporting the angel tree is one of his Christmas traditions. "We try to do somethin' like this every year, me and my wife make it a point to make sure because we're blessed and very fortunate with the things that we have in our life so it's very important to us that we give back."
For those angel tags that don't get chosen, the Salvation Army will turn to Toys for Tots to make sure all the needy children find a present under the tree. Major Geraldine Martin of the Biloxi Salvation Army says, "The difference is the gifts they get on the angel tree are a little more personal because the person took that tag and selected those gifts with that child in mind but we try to make sure every child gets at least one gift."
If you have already adopted an angel or are thinking about doing so, check with the Salvation Army in your area for the deadline, as each agency has a different date.