NEEDY CHILDREN RECEIVE CHRISTMAS TOYS THROUGH LOCAL PROGRAMS
Thousands of West Alabama children will be blessed this Christmas thanks to local agencies, businesses and community members
Each year the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army works with the city and county school systems and West Alabama agencies to help needy families with Christmas gifts for their children.
Each child in need is referred to as an angel.
When someone adopts an angel, they buy the gifts on the child’s wish list and deliver them to the former Sticks N Stuff location in the McFarland Mall.
This year, Tuscaloosa program director Pam Rogers tells us they have over 1.200 angels in West Alabama and each of them will receive presents thanks to the generosity of this community.
It’s very easy for the Salvation Army to check in with one other Christmas gift initiative to make sure they’re not serving the same families…
Also housed in the same space as the Angel Tree program is Toys for Tots, which also distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford them.
This year Toys for Tots is only serving children 12 and under.
Assistant Coordinator Ray Looney says he’s amazed by the out pour of generosity folks have shown through the program this holiday season.
Again, both programs are located in the old Sticks N Stuff location at the McFarland Mall.
Both efforts are still taking toy and cash donations.
We’re told the salvation army is still in need of bicycles, helmets and batteries for the their angels.