457 will benefit from Angel Tree efforts

Published 9:33 am Thursday, December 8, 2016

There are 457 angels, young and old, in Warren County set to receive a joyful Christmas.

Every one of the 336 children and 121 senior angels on the Salvation Army’s Angel tree have been adopted by residents in the community.

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“It was great. Vicksburg just really stepped up to the plate, but they always do,” said Louise Derrington, Angel tree volunteer coordinator. “It looks good to walk in and see an empty tree.”

The Angel tree is still set up in the Vicksburg Mall outside of Dillard’s Department Store for gift drop off. Volunteers are sitting by the tree until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to collect all the gifts that have been bought for the Angels.

“People who have adopted the Angels are bringing things back to us because the deadline is Friday,” Derrington said. “We take the gifts and they are distributing them to the families next week.”

Although all Angels have been adopted, it’s not too late to give. Volunteers will accept gifts at the Angel tree until the deadline at 8 p.m. Friday. These presents will be given to children who did not receive all the items on their wish list. She said clothing, toys and even items for senior citizens like socks and blankets will be accepted and appreciated.

“Even though the Angels have already been adopted, still if you want to give toys or things like that we can take them and supplement other children that didn’t get everything in their bag,” Derrington said. “We have a toy box collection, and if you just wanted to buy a toy, you can bring it in. Then when we go down to the distribution, we can maybe pick up a few extra that aren’t going to get anything.”

The volunteers will sort through gift donations throughout the beginning of next week to get everything prepared for distribution to the families who had an Angel on the tree.

“Friday is our deadline for the Angel tree, for the packages to be back in, because we have to get them ready to be distributed,” Derrington said. “They can bring them back to us at the mall right where they adopted the Angel.”