Salvation Army employee Stacey Hutcheson gets the organization's annual Angel Tree ready to be placed at Walmart.
More than just names on a tree.
To the Salvation Army those names are angels in need.
The organization is out to make Christmas brighter for 89 children listed on their annual Angel Tree.
Individuals can start adopting children from the tree on Monday, Nov. 30 when it will be placed at the main entrance of Walmart in Corinth. Those interested in adopting an angel can just take the name off the tree. Each child's name along with clothing sizes and particular toy desired are placed on the tree in the form of a Christmas-type ornament.
"Clothes are the most important things they need along with shoes and coats," said Michelle Miles, Salvation Army Director. "These kids aren't asking for any high dollar things this Christmas."
Once done shopping for the child, adopters should place the gifts in a black garbage bag and tape the angel tree tag to the outside of the bag. All gifts should be be taken to the Salvation Army no later than Dec. 17. The agency is located at 2200 Lackey Drive in Corinth.
"Each tag will tell them what to do once they take a name off the tree," added Miles.
Half of the names fall in the age 0-5 age bracket while the other half consists of children 8-12 years-old, according to Miles.
"We are dealing with a lot of new families this year," said Miles. "Several referrals have come from the county schools."
Several families need assistance because their only income was lost through a death or job loss.
"We are seeing a lot more of entire families who need help," said Miles. "Our goal is make sure we are helping families who really need help."
The community has already went to work helping the Salvation Army with the annual project, according to the director.
"People have already started calling," said Miles. "Ten angels were adopted before the tree went out."
(For more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree call 287-6979.)