Donations for Salvation Army Angel Tree down

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some Middle Georgia children may not receive gifts from the Salvation Army this year. Volunteers say they don’t have enough toys for their Angel Tree recipients.

Hundreds of boxes line the old Office Depot store located at the corner of Pio Nono Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway in Macon. They are supposed to be filled with toys for thousands of Middle Georgia children, but the majority of them are empty.

Volunteers with the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary are asking for all the help they can get. They said the shortage stems from fewer people participating in their annual holiday donation program.

The Angel Tree, located in the middle of the Shoppes at River Crossing on Riverside Drive in Macon, is still full of angels who need to be adopted.

The tree was put up the day after Thanksgiving. So far, only a few angels have been adopted.

Each angel on the tree represents a Middle Georgia child who may not have a Christmas this year. When someone adopts an angel, they agree to buy gifts for them.

“It doesn’t matter if you can’t spend but a small amount of money. Do what you can and it would help the Salvation Army because we have stacks of angels that have not been adopted,” Linda Mosteller, a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, said.

Other members of the Women’s Auxiliary said the Angel Tree project has been on a slow decline for the past two years.

They moved the tree from The Macon Mall to The Shoppes at River Crossing in the hopes of attracting more people to open their hearts, and their wallets, to children in need.

Without more angel adoptions and donations, volunteers fear they may not be able to give every child a toy this Christmas. 

There is no fee to adopt an angel. The deadline to adopt an angel and make a donation is December 16th. 

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