KINGSPORT — With only five days left until the deadline for returning gifts, more than 800 “angels” had not yet been “adopted” as of Saturday evening, Salvation Army Maj. Sharon Baso said.
The Salvation Army of Kingsport’s Angel Tree program — which pairs children in need with donors who “adopt” them through a sort of “secret Santa” process — began a few weeks ago with about 3,500 “angels” on Christmas trees at area businesses.
Paper angels representing the Christmas wishes of more than 800 area children remained on trees Saturday.
Trees are located at: Kingsport Town Center (near Belk on the second level); each Kingsport Walmart Supercenter location (Fort Henry Drive and West Stone Drive); Kroger; Cooper Standard in Hawkins County; Verizon on Stone Drive; the Eastman Employee Center; and Texas Roadhouse.
The due date for return of gifts for angels adopted from the trees is Thursday.
Salvation Army officials request all gifts be returned unwrapped.
The Kingsport Salvation Army, located at 505 Dale St., provides Christmas assistance to residents of Sullivan and Hawkins counties in Tennessee and Scott, Lee and Wise counties in Virginia.
For more information, call the Salvation Army of Kingsport at 246-6671.