NBC 5, Salvation Army Angel Tree — 5,100 Angels Still Need Adopting

There's now just one day left in the NBC 5 – Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign and more than 5,100 angels are still in need of a gift this year.

In this season of giving, many have done just that.

Several men, women and children walked up to the Salvation Army’s table near the Angel Tree at Hulen Mall in Fort Worth Sunday evening carrying red plastic bags full of gifts for perfect strangers.

But the remaining need is great.

Shoppers like Sophia Yabut walked around the Christmas tree reading the hanging paper ornaments representing angels, children and special needs adults across DFW and what items they need and wish for Christmas.

“Deadline’s around the corner, Christmas is around the corner and there’s still so many people on this tree,” she said looking the tree over.

As of Sunday morning, the Salvation Army said more than 6,300 angels were still in need of being adopted. That number was updated Monday afternoon to reflect 5,100 angels in need of adopting.

“Angel’s 13-years-old. He wants an MP3 player,” said Yabut, reading one of the cards. “I believe Benny, 45, wants a wallet.”

“I know for me, when I was a kid, I was one of the angel tree kids,” said Sheila Bostic, of Fort Worth.

She remembers it well.

“One of my favorite things that I got was an Easy Bake Oven,” she said with a smile. “It’s kind of an emotional thing, but I remember just kind of going through a hard time and just when you wake up … you just had gifts there to open up.”

She and Melanie Bostic donated two gifts, including a baby car seat.

“We want to make sure that baby doesn’t go without,” said Bostic.

For information on how you can adopt an angel online, CLICK HERE.

You can adopt angels and donate gifts through The Salvation Army Angel Tree -- Nov. 10 to Dec. 6 -- at the following participating malls. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 6.

  • NorthPark Center
  • Galleria Dallas
  • The Shops at Willow Bend
  • Town East Mall
  • Grapevine Mills Mall
  • Golden Triangle Mall
  • The Parks at Arlington
  • North East Mall
  • Hulen Mall
  • Ridgmar Mall
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