NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — The Salvation Army is facing a big shortfall in its Angel Tree program after a group dropped off about 100 gift tags without the presents that were supposed to accompany the tags.
The Angel Tree program serves thousands of families on the Southside each year. People normally take tags from trees that are placed across the area, purchase the clothing items listed on the tags, then return the tags with the items so the Salvation Army can distribute them.
The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command is letting people know about the issue in an effort to make sure that more than one hundred children will not go without gifts this Christmas.
A spokeswoman for the Salvation Army said there may be an additional 100 tags that people took but did not return with clothing items.
The organization specifically is in need of clothing donations (shoes, jackets, outfits, etc.) of all sizes, but are in most desperate need of boys and girls sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 (as well as shoes for ages 8-11)
Donations can be brought to the old Christmas Depot at 1205 Fordham Drive in Virginia Beach.
Salvation Army members are scheduled to begin distributing the gifts next week, so they will accept donations until Saturday at noon.
If anyone is unable to bring physical donations, monetary donations are also accepted on the Salvation Army’s website.
The command’s main number is (757) 543.8100.