Angel Tree Program application appointments now available
Clients must call the Salvation Army at (334)792-1911 to schedule an appointment.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Salvation Army in Dothan began their in-person Angel Tree appointments on Monday, Oct. 12. Although the process is different this year due to COVID-19, the organization is on a mission to rescue Christmas.
“We’ve been having a lot of extra calls,” Deanne Jones, Captain and Corps. Office, said. "We’re also seeing clients who have never signed up before so this is a new process for them and I think that’s due to COVID-19 just impacting people differently this year.”
Last year the Angel Tree helped about 150 families. This year they are expecting to help closer to 200. For families like Chelsea Baggett’s, it makes all the difference.
“I am low income,” Baggett said. "So I do struggle getting Christmas and stuff. This is the second year that I have used it because I have custody of my nieces so going from three to five kids is super hard trying to get Christmas for five kids, so they have been amazing.”
Next, the Salvation Army will put the Angel Trees in the mall and ask donors to help provide Christmas for these children.
“We’re going to need the community to come in and really just adopt those angels,” Jones said. “Make it a Christmas tradition for you and your family to shop for these kids so they can have something under the tree this year.”
Providing Christmas memories, that won’t soon be forgotten.
“I feel like a lot of people are ashamed to use the Salvation Army and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it," Baggett said. "Whatever our situation is, it is not our kids' fault. They deserve a good Christmas.”
Clients can call (334)792-1911 on Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Appointments are booked for this week, but there are some available next week.
“Even though knowing that you couldn’t get it for them yourself, it still means the world seeing their faces," Baggett said.
The Salvation Army is now accepting bell ringing applications as well, if interested you can go to the Salvation Army office to sign up.
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