The Salvation Army is looking to fill the wishes of more than 162 children whose tags were not collected from the Angel Trees at local businesses. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
The Salvation Army hopes Roswell residents will stop by its office today to pick up one of the 164 holiday gift wishes left by children that remain unfilled.
Workers went around to businesses Monday and were surprised at how many were left uncollected. Capt. Beau Perez said he couldn’t understand why so few people had donated gifts this year.
“By this time, normally they’re all coming back and people have bought the gifts,” Perez said.
Perez said he was stumped by the return of the Angel Tree wishes. Typically, his wife and the other workers are busy putting the gifts together and getting them prepared to deliver.
“I don’t understand why it’s different this year,” Perez said. “Maybe it’s the healthcare thing. I don’t really know what it is. Maybe it’s just the fact that Thanksgiving was so late that it threw everybody off.
“It’s kind of a big number of kids not yet served.”
Anyone who would still like to pick up a tag that lists a child’s name and his or her gift preferences can stop by the office at 612 W. College Blvd. Wednesday. The Salvation Army plans to distribute the presents Wednesday through Friday.
Monetary donations are also welcome. Any money received will buy gifts for the children whose cards were not selected, Perez said.
The presents include items such as teddy bears, video games, light-up toys, trucks, footballs, a bicycle, puzzles, dolls, art supplies and stuffed animals.
“It’s typical kinds of stuff,” Perez said.
The gifts typically range from $10 to $20.
The Angel Tree program gives people, organizations and businesses an opportunity to provide less fortunate children personalized gifts and necessities when they would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season. Salvation Army Angel Tree participants are not served by other holiday assistance programs, according to the organization.
For more information, call the Salvation Army at 622-8700.