This year The Salvation Army had a lack of Angel Tree donations

Each year the Salvation Army across the nation does the Angel Tree program, but this year in Victoria the organization is experiencing a troubling setback.

“Here, in the end, we found ourselves with about 40 to 45 angels that has not been adopted and so that falls on us the Salvation Army local unit to go out and shop for those children so that we can make sure they get toys,” said, Kenny Jones, Commanding Officer for Victoria County Salvation Army.

The Angel Tree was created by the Salvation Army in 1979. It is a way for the community to help families who are in need, and provide Christmas gifts for their children.

Subsequently, the Salvation Army in Victoria spent more than $3,000 in company funds to make sure the 40 to 45 angels who were not adopted still have a good Christmas.

“The problem or the difference in that is instead of this being a community funded event it becomes funded by the Salvation Army Operational Funds,” said Jones.

This means that the Salvation Army had to take money out of one part of the organization’s programs and place it in the Angel Tree. Which has caused a lack of money in one of these areas helping someone pay rent, or feeding the homeless each night of the week. Now they are asking for donations and here’s how you can give to the Salvation Army.

“The easiest way is just to write us a check drop it in the mail. P.O. Box 3045 zip code is 79103 right here in Victoria. Just drop that in the mail, or they can drop it by the office at 1302 North Louis,” said Jones.

The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to the parents on Saturday, December 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9507 N. Navarro.