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Salvation Army seeks Angel Tree donations

The holidays are about giving, but in Texarkana one organization says they're seeing a decrease in donations.

The holidays are about giving, but in Texarkana one organization says they're seeing a decrease in donations.


The Salvation Army says their Angel Tree is not doing well this year.


"There are not enough toys here," said Lieutenant Lacy Parrish.


The annual Salvation Army Angel Tree helps make Christmas wishes come true.


"I'm excited about the gifts kids will get, and I'm blessed to see how the community responds," said Parrish. "They're just so giving in what they give."


Basketballs, books, dolls, etc. all bought by strangers wanting to make someone smile.

However, this year, there's concern.


"We've never had so many so close to the deadline not adopted yet," said Parrish. "We have about 600 angels who haven't even been taken off of the tree."


This year in Texarkana, more than 1,400 children are hoping to get something through the Angel Tree project, but with low turnout, officials ask anyone who can to help out and give.


"At this point, anything helps because we're in dire need of toys for these children," said Parrish.


It's unclear why donations have dropped, but more is needed.


"These are our neighbors who are asking for help and without the community coming through, I mean they may not have anything to open up on Christmas morning," said Parrish.


All toys must be turned in by Friday.


Officials hope no child is left hanging.


Those still in need of toy donations are mostly 9 and 10 years old.


Salvation Army officials say they would like toy donations.


Trees are set up around town and toys (new and unwrapped) can be dropped off at the mall or at the Salvation Army's Financial Center.


The deadline for toy donations is Friday, December 13th.

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