Hundreds of Angels Need to be Adopted

Dothan, AL - For the past six years Carlla McGlown has been putting angels on the trees in the Wiregrass Commons Mall, hoping someone will adopt them.

"They have come through in the past, and I know they will come through again," she said.

This year more than 1,600 children's Christmas wish lists were turned in for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. There are 700 waiting to be adopted.

"What keeps me going is, there is a mother, she lives in housing authority. She has seven kids. She wouldn't sign her kids up, but she came to the tree and adopted seven kids," said McGlown.

It's as easy as merely picking an angel off the tree. Six year old London is asking for school uniforms, a bike, and learning toys, but those are merely suggestions. Leaders say do what you can afford. The kids and parents will be grateful.

"Some of them cry because they are so excited and happy their kids will have something under the tree, and don't feel like you have to buy everything on their list. If you can get two or three nice gifts on a budget, feel free," said Salvation Army Major Cheryl Phillips.

But don't wait too long. Gifts should be turned in by December 14.

"Don't let me down this year. We can do this," added McGlown.

Because letting Carla down would mean hundreds of children with nothing under the tree.

The angels are waiting on you at Wiregrass Commons Mall.

You can easily fill a child's wish list for less than fifty dollars. If that's too much, leaders say you can always donate new toys or clothing.

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