The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is once again asking citizens to adopt needy children and seniors through its Angel Tree Program. This year the Angel Tree will be located on the second floor at Penn Square Mall near The Buckle.
A community kick-off and ribbon cutting for the Angel Tree will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 inside Penn Square Mall by The Buckle on the second floor. The ribbon cutting will include The Oklahoma City Thunder Girls and Rumble the Bison, mascot for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as members of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Women’s Auxiliary.
Besides providing angels for the mall tree, The Salvation Army has also provided Corporate Angel Tree tags to businesses metro-wide. Adoption of these children and seniors helps to provide Christmas cheer and presents for 2,000 community families and seniors from the Salvation Army’s five senior centers and social services programs.
The Angel Tree program, which features paper angels listing a child or senior’s age, name and Christmas wishes, will provide presents for thousands of needy children and seniors who otherwise would not receive gifts.
“Families were interviewed in October and November to determine if they would qualify to be a part of this program,” said Major Francina Proctor, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.
“The need is so much greater this year. We urge the citizens of Central Oklahoma County to support the Angel Tree program and be a part of providing a meaningful Christmas to as many as possible,” she said.
Citizens can choose Angels at the Penn Square Mall location. When the presents are returned from the mall and the businesses, hundreds of volunteers will work to “process” the gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center, located this year at the empty Walmart Building at Reno and Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.
The unwrapped gifts will be sorted, put into individual family boxes and handed out December 15, 16 and 17 to the families who signed up. Parents are encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves after picking them up at the distribution center.
The senior citizen gifts are wrapped at the distribution center and delivered to the senior centers.
Volunteers are needed to receive, process and distribute the toys at The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Center, located at 7500 East Reno/Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City from December 6 to 17. Those interested in volunteering can call Volunteer Coordinator Lois Green at 246-1101.