If you adopted an angel, please get the gifts back ASAP

J. H. Osborne • Dec 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Several hundred children in the Kingsport area are counting on the kindness of strangers to have a little something under the tree Christmas morning, and as of Friday it was looking like it might take a last-minute dash to make that happen.

“Getting angels returned is probably our most urgent need right now,” Major Joe May of the Kingsport Salvation Army said Friday.

The deadline for returning angels in Kingsport is December 19. That’s Tuesday. Gifts will be distributed to the children’s families on Dec. 21.

All the angels on trees in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City were adopted this year. But as of a few days ago, gifts had been returned for less than half the 653 angels from Kingsport trees. By comparison, gifts had been returned for more than 90 percent of the 660 angels adopted from Bristol trees and nearly all the 2,052 angels adopted from Johnson City trees.

Salvation Army units across the Tri-Cities continue their annual Kettle Campaigns, which bring in donations to fund year-round services offered by the agencies.

As of Monday, the three Salvation Army units had collected $185,411.01, or 55 percent, of their combined goal of $340,000.00.

“We have seen a generous outpouring of support as our communities have contributed both to our Angel Trees as well as our Red Kettles,” May said of the Kingsport unit. “We are truly blessed.”

The $340,000 combined goal includes: $80,000 for Kingsport (as of Thursday, donations had reached 89 percent of that goal); $100,000 for Bristol (as of Monday, donations had reached 33 percent of that goal); and $160,000 for Johnson City (as of Monday, donations had reached 56 percent of that goal).

The Salvation Army still needs volunteers for the Kettle Campaign. If you’re interested, call (423) 246-6671.


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