AMARILLO, TX - The Salvation Army has kicked off their Angel Tree program at the Westgate Mall.
The Salvation Army hopes to help 1,500-1,700 children in the Panhandle area. The program allows participants to adopt an Angel and provide them with gifts for Christmas. Typically, the Angels are for children ages 14 and under, but Corps Officer for Amarillo's Salvation Army, Ann Johnson, said they are partnering with Teen Christmas to help older teens.
This year Woodforest Nation Bank is adopting 15 Angels as an organization. Branch Manager for Woodforest National Bank, Chris Huddleston, said this is their first year sponsoring as an organization. "As a bank we do a lot in the community and this another one we wanted to help out with," Huddleston said. The bank hopes to increase the Angels they sponsor as the season progresses. Huddleston said the bank participates in other charitable events like Snack Pak 4 Kids and Socks for Soldiers, so they are happy to give to those in need. "As a community bank we just like to give back to our community, especially children," Huddleston said.
The Salvation Army said there is still time to sign up children in need for the Angel Tree. November 13th through December 13th The Salvation Army will offer holiday shoppers the opportunity to adopt a child through the program. After selecting an Angel participants can purchase gifts and return them unwrapped to the Angel Tree location no later than December 13. After gifts have been collected, The Salvation Army will begin setting up distribution gifts to families at the Rex Baxter building.