Salvation Army in need of more Angel Tree adopters


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Christmas is right around the corner, and the Salvation Army is in need of more adopters for its Angel Tree program. 

The organization says right now there are still over 1,500 angels left to be adopted in our area. 

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Officials say this year they have received a record breaking number of over 5,000 angels. That’s a 41 percent increase compared to last year. 

Major Mark Smith with the Salvation Army says they understand it’s been a hard year for most, but they still need a lot of help.

“The public has had to adapt. There are people who are not going out shopping. It seems like the traffic is a little bit slower than it was last year. That’s why the online adoptions are so much easier; you do not have to leave your home. You go to CSARMY.ORG and you can adopt angels without ever leaving your home,” Smith said. 

The deadline to adopt an angel is December 5.

Ages range from birth to 12 years old, and senior citizens.

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