Support sought for Angel Tree program

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, at 8:42 a.m.

BANGOR — The Salvation Army reports that its Angel Tree program is in full swing, and there are still many children whose tags are awaiting a generous individual or group to purchase a gift for them. The Angel Tree program will provide toys for more than 1,500 Bangor-area children this Christmas/ Tags are available in the Macy’s Court and at the JC Penney store in the Bangor Mall, and at the Salvation Army office at 65 South Park St., Bangor.

“We’ve had a good number of tags taken already, but there are many more still available,” said Capt. Tim Clark, corps officer of the Bangor Salvation Army. “Through our Angel Trees at the Bangor Mall, individuals and groups from throughout the community are able to provide for these children. It is a way to connect those who need help with those who want to lend a hand, providing an opportunity for people to give back to the community in a very practical sense.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree tags have a drawing of an angel girl or boy and the Salvation Army red shield on them.

“Although we still have many tags waiting to be taken, I am confident that the community will come alongside us as they always do to help their neighbors,” said Clark.

Each Angel tag has basic information about a child whose family sought assistance, such as age, gender and a wish list of toys or other gifts, such as clothing. Individuals take the tag, purchase an item for that particular child and return it to the tree at the Bangor Mall, or to the Salvation Army offices. The Salvation Army then gives the gifts to the parents for their children to open on Christmas morning.

Anyone can support a child through the program. Often individuals take tags to purchase gifts for children, but groups and businesses also have pooled their resources to help meet the needs of boys and girls during the holidays.

For information, call Mary MacKay at 941-2990.

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