HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Many children in the Hattiesburg area would wake up on Christmas morning to an empty stocking and no gifts under the tree if not for the Angel Tree program. The Salvation Army started the program 55 years ago as a way to serve needy children in the community.
Registration began Monday at the Salvation Army and will run through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Parents must bring proof of income and expenses, photo identification, and the social security cards of everyone in their household to be considered for approval. If they are approved, parents write their child's Christmas gift request on a paper angel. Starting November 8th, the angels will hang on Christmas trees in local malls, such as the Turtle Creek Mall, for donors to retrieve before buying a gift.
"Volunteering has been rewarding and challenging," says Josh Moore, a volunteer at the Salvation Army. "People come here and they register their kid to get a Christmas present if they can't really afford one or if times are tough."
This wonderful tradition relies on the generosity of the community. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.com.