Christine Lee, NBC 5 News
Tens of thousands of presents are being delivered to the Salvation Army warehouses across North Texas for delivery in time for Christmas.
Tens of thousands of presents from the NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree program are being delivered to warehouses across the Metroplex.
The Salvation Army is asking that people who still have tags bring their donations before the deadline passes. Thousands of angel tags have not yet been returned with their unwrapped gifts.
"We've got a few procrastinators out there," said Pat Reimann, Christmas assistance coordinator. "We've got 8,000 gifts that have not been returned to the mall yet, and they've got until mall closing time tonight to get that done."
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, a Salvation Army board member, said she hoped those holding onto their angel tags would come through by the end of the day.
"Today is a special day when it comes to giving in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and we're excited," she said. "We're excited that this continues to be a big hit, that it continues to be a signature event for the Salvation Army."
Maj. Ward Matthews, co-CEO of the Salvation Army in North Texas, said 58,000 children and seniors throughout the Metroplex will be served during the Christmas season.
Volunteers are gearing up to help as the donations begin to flood into warehouses.
"When we start distribution next Saturday, the 15th, we will use 100 volunteers per shift," Reimann said.