Gifts needed for the Salvation Army's ' Angel Tree' in Tulsa

Thursday, December 9th 2004, 10:29 am
By: News On 6

Hundreds of little angels are waiting to be adopted. The Salvation Army Angel Tree at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa is loaded with children who might not have a Christmas without your help.

Organizers say there's one group of angels who are being overlooked. News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims says the Salvation Army is dealing with an unusual problem.

This year's Angel Tree has a gender gap, more little girls than boys are getting adopted. Folks are already dropping by presents for their angels. But many of these bags are filled with goodies for girls, while the little boys are still on the tree.

The Salvation Army says usually the angels are pretty evenly split with just as many boys adopted as girls. But that's not the case this year. And hundreds of boys are still waiting. The Salvation Army says they will do their best to make sure none goes home empty-handed. Salvation Army Major Marshall Gesner: "any angels that don’t get adopted we call those forgotten angels and we have toys for their parents to pick out so no child gets missed but of course we'd love to have em all adopted."

You can still pick up an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Woodland Hills Mall. They would like to get the gifts returned back to the mall by next week, but they will still accept presents until Christmas Eve.

And there's another group that's getting overlooked. The older kids and teenagers also have a tough time getting adopted from the Angel Tree.