JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Hoping to bring Christmas cheer to children in need, the Salvation Army has their Angel Trees up in various locations throughout Jonesboro.
The project originated in 1979 with the idea of providing toys and necessities for every child in need.
Each tree has the name of a child or elderly person on it with their Christmas wish listed.
The idea is that shoppers can then buy them presents while they are in the store.
Major Sharon Baso, a Core Officer for the Salvation Army, is involved with the Salvation Army and knows the value of the Angel Trees.
“Every kid wants something to open on Christmas morning, they’re excited about Christmas morning,” said Baso. “It’s our goal that every child in need, that their parents applied with us, that they wake up Christmas morning with presents.”
At this point, all of the angels are out on trees at local churches and stores.
Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for all of the gifts to be returned.
Major Baso hopes all of the angels will be adopted this Christmas season.
“The need is the same as its always been,” Baso said. “My goal is toys for every kid.”