Response has been good for this year's Salvation Army Angel Tree at Woodland Hills Mall

Thursday, December 16th 2004, 10:29 am
By: News On 6

This has been an unprecedented year for the Salvation Army. Donations to their Angel Tree are rolling in and at least right now, the response has never been better.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says the Salvation Army tells us more than 3,000 children's gifts have already been returned and are ready to go out to families. The Salvation Army's toy shop is like a little slice of the North Pole in the middle of Tulsa.

Folks are busy sorting through the truckloads of presents, making sure that all the angels get exactly what they asked for. It's not an easy process, keeping track of thousands of Angel Tree gifts and it only gets harder the closer it gets to Christmas.

Major Carolyn Gesner, Women’s Ministries Director: "There is a little process involved to be sure those Angel gifts get to the right Angel. And so we need a little lead time, and so if all the gifts could be in by Friday of this week, then we can be ready for the Monday morning mothers."

Angel Tree parents will start picking up their gifts Monday, but you still have time to donate. Just stop by the Angel Tree on the bottom floor of Woodland Hills Mall before Christmas Eve to make a child's Christmas wish come true.

There are just 600 or so angels left to adopt, out of the 5,000 the Salvation Army started with.