Bangor, Maine—The Salvation Army will launch its Angel Tree program, which will provide toys for more than 1,500 Bangor-area children this Christmas, on Saturday, November 24, in the Macy’s Court at the Bangor Mall.
“Each year, there are families who need a little extra help providing Christmas gifts for their children,” said Captain Tim Clark, Corps Officer of the Bangor Salvation Army. “Through our Angel Tree 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.”
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. 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, 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.
Last year, The Salvation Army helped more than 470 families, and expects at least that number again this year. “Many families find it challenging to meet the basic needs, such as groceries, rent and utilities, and so face tough choices when it comes to providing extras for their children at Christmas,” said Captain Clark. “We’ve seen a good number of people this year who have signed up for the first time because they have had difficulty finding full-time jobs to support their families, or because of lay offs, which have stretched their resources to the limit.”
There is still time for families in need of assistance to sign up by calling The Salvation Army offices at 941-2990 to make an appointment.