SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The deadline for Salvation Army of Spartanburg’s Angel Tree Program is Tuesday, December 10.
There are more than 200 angels, 0 months to 12 years old, that need gifts this holiday season.
As of Wednesday, December 4 there are still 80 angels on the tree at WestGate Mall, at 205 W Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29301, in need of Christmas gifts.
Tables are bare, boxes are empty, and there only a few pairs of shoes next to an empty coat rack. This program needs some community support.
Lt. Katie Tate said the Spartanburg community will come through for the children, once they know the need isn’t being met.
“They always do. Whenever we have this call, they come running and helping the salvation army,” Tate said.
What’s needed most is toys for children 10 to 12 years old.
“If you don’t want to adopt a child or you don’t have time, collect some toys for us and as well coats and jackets and socks. Shoes are always a great item,” Tate said.
She added that one of the easiest donations from the community is time.
“We service over 600 families just here in Spartanburg and so we need all the hands and the feet that we can get,” Tate said.
At WestGate Mall Kim Phillips and her daughter Nevaeh Foster are big fans of programs like the Angel Tree.
“There’s a lot of people who feel invisible during the holidays. A lot of people are struggling during the holidays,” Phillips said,”It doesn’t matter how poor you are or how rich you are there’s always time and time is precious during the season.”
Lt. Tate added that monetary, clothing, toy, and other donations are taken at The Salvation Army Church & Community Center, at 40 Foster St, Spartanburg, SC 29301, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Angle Tree gifts are also accepted at the Angel Tree table in the WestGateMall food court during mall hours.