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Time is running out to help Wilson’s less fortunate children this Christmas. And the Salvation Army of Wilson is still in need for the community to adopt a child for its annual Angel Tree program.
As of Monday, there were roughly 150 angels left to be adopted.
“We need one more big push to get the others adopted,” said Angela Bateman, Salvation Army service center director. Angel tree gifts need to be dropped off at the Salvation Army by 5 p.m. Thursday. Those who want to help can call the Salvation Army or pick out an angel from the list published in The Wilson Times.
“Some of these children may not even have a Christmas if someone doesn’t adopt them,” Bateman said. “A lot of these children aren’t asking for much.”
She said most are asking for “needs” and not “wants” this Christmas, including clothing.
“They just want something underneath the tree,” she said.
The Angel Tree program is serving more than 300 families this year alone, which equals more than 400 children ages 12 and under.
Bateman said the Wilson community has been extremely generous so far in adopting the angels. And she is grateful.
“Wilson County has stepped up,” she said. “They have done an amazing job.”
Bateman said there’s nothing like giving back to those in need during the holiday season.
“It’s fun and heartwarming to make sure your community has Christmas,” she said.
The distribution for gifts is next week, and Bateman said Thursday’s deadline gives staff a chance to ensure everything is ready for families.
“We have to make sure we have it all ready to go,” she said.
For more information on the Angel Tree program, call Angela Bateman at 252-243-2696, ext. 4, or visit The Salvation Army of Wilson at 316 Tarboro St. W.