Bangor, Maine—The Salvation Army’s 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, and tags are available in the Macy’s Court at the Bangor Mall and at the JC Penney store.
“We’ve had a good number of tags taken already, but there are many more still available,” said Captain 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 distinctive Salvation Army Angel Tree tags have a drawing of an angel girl or boy and the Salvation Army red shield on them and are available at the Bangor Mall and JC Penney. 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 like clothing. Individuals are then able to 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 at 65 S. Park Street. 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 have also pooled their resources to be able to meet the needs of boys and girls during the holidays.
Those interested in helping this Christmas can get tags from the Angel Tree table in the Macy’s court at the Bangor Mall, in the JC Penney store, or by stopping by The Salvation Army’s offices at 65 S. Park Street in Bangor. For more information, call Mary MacKay at 941-2990.
“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 Captain Clark.