LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree has been around for over 40 years and it allows children to receive gifts on Christmas thanks to giving strangers.
But this year, the Salvation Army is seeing more kids than ever and not enough people stepping in to help out.
“Most children wouldn’t have a Christmas if it wasn’t for the Angel Tree program,” Salvation Army’s Michelle Scroggins said.
Scroggins said last year the Angel Tree had about 1,500 kids. This year, that number nearly doubled, as the tree now has about 3,300 kids.
“We’re trying to get those adopted so everyone will have a Christmas,” she said.
Rusell Czajkowski with the Salvation Army said he needs a lot more people to come by to help out these kids.
“We have about 1,800 more angels that we need to fill within the next two weeks,” Czajkowski said.
He said you'd be surprised how simple some of the wish lists really are.
“On the bottom of the angel it has a Wishlist for kids. “Some just need socks and underwear. You’d be surprised by some of the needs these kids have,” Czajkowski said.
Scroggins said she wants to make every child happy.
"We're trying to give them the needs and wants as well,” she said.
So if you have a few extra bucks to spare this holiday season, pick an angel off the tree and give back for a good reason.
"We all feel good when we give for others and to others,” Czajkowski said.
If you would like to pick up an angel, head over to either McCain or Park Plaza Mall. Gifts are due by December 9 and will be distributed to the children’s homes by Christmas morning.