2013 NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree

Return your Angel Tree gifts to the Christmas Centers

By Nada J. Ruddock
|  Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 4:23 PM CDT
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Salvation Army Gears Up to Help Thousands

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More Than 5K Families Still Need Help for Holidays

There are still more than 5,000 people who need help for the holidays as the NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree deadline approaches.

Family Looks to Angel Tree for Christmas

A disabled Flower Mound couple is trying to provide their son with a memorable Christmas by placing his name on an NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree.
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NBC 5 and the Salvation Army thank you for participating in this beloved holiday giving program.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were 4,686 angels who were adopted but for whom gifts have not been returned.  It's too late to return them to malls, but it's NOT too late to turn them in. Please return your gifts to the Salvation Army Christmas Centers located at 9216 Harry Hines Blvd in Dallas and 229 Felix Street in Fort Worth. Due to last week's winter storm, thousands of angel gifts still need to be returned.

This year there were 2,374 angels that were not adopted at all, according to the Salvation Army.  However, it's not too late to help.  The Salvation Army still needs your help to make sure families don't have to choose between providing for their family and making Christmas bright.

Anyone may bring any of the below items to one of the Christmas Centers and the Salvation Army will make sure that's given to an unadopted angel.

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Crib mobiles
  • Lego sets
  • Board games suitable for ages 10 - adult
  • Hand held games
  • Arts/Crafts Kits
  • Teen girl hair accessories
  • Wireless remote control cars or helicopters
  • Balls (football, basketball, soccer, baseball)
  • MP 3 Players
  • Digital cameras
  • Sports balls – basketballs, foot balls, soccer balls
  • Barbie dolls
  • Coats – all sizes

The Salvation Army needs these gifts as soon as possible -- they'll start distributing gifts to the families on Monday, Dec. 16.

"Everyone loves their children, so they’re going to make sure there’s something under the tree. Sometimes to the detriment of having money for their rent or utilities in January or February," said Salvation Army Maj. Ward Matthews. "So what we do is let the great people of North Texas help you with the gifts. You use your money for rent or heat to stay in your apartment or house."

Help a needy child or senior citizen this holiday season and return the gifts today!

Please Return All Angels by Friday, Dec. 13
 
Dallas Christmas Center
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9216 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
 
Fort Worth Christmas Center
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
229 Felix Street
Fort Worth, TX 76115
 
The Salvation Army also needs help distributing the gifts. "We need 1,000 people a day, and maybe 1,500 Saturday and Sunday to wrap it all up and make sure every child is taken care of," said Ward.
For more information on The Salvation Army's programs and services and to volunteer for the organization, please log on to: www.salvationarmydfw.org.
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