Salvation Army, needy children facing let-down on Christmas morning

Lufkin Salvation Army Captain John Branscum
Lufkin Salvation Army Captain John Branscum

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Donations are down at the red kettles, and now the Salvation Army is starting to worry as they wait on gifts for hundreds of East Texas children and seniors.

The organization is hoping the empty spots in their gym will be filled by next week.

About 600 angels have been adopted through the Angel Tree program, but their gifts have not been returned.

Every year, East Texans adopt angels in need and buy gifts for them to open on Christmas.

Time is running out, because the Salvation Army inspects the gifts before distributing them on Saturday.

The captain said he's thankful so many angels have been adopted, and urges you to bring the gifts by Tuesday.

"We've made a promise when we signed them up on our Angel Tree program and we want to honor that promise, so it makes you feel kind of lost, if you would," said Captain John Branscum. "A what are we going to do type of feeling and of course we count on the public so much to help us help others."

As many as 150 angels still need adopting.

You can pick one up at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Kmart or at Lufkin the Memorial Hospital gift shop.

You can always donate money, if you don't have time to shop for the gifts.

Unwrapped presents can be returned to the Lufkin Salvation Army on South Third Street, or at the participating stores.

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