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Angel Tree program reaches final day
Today is the last day to adopt a child from the Salvation Army's Angel Trees.

Just under 100 children remained unadopted Friday, and Brunswick Salvation Army Capt. Scott Lyles says all are in need.

Without the community's generosity, it will be a struggle to fulfill their Christmas wishes, he said.

"We take what we do have and we sort it by the families and then go through each family and make sure all children were adopted and they got enough," Lyles said. "If they didn't, we go out...and buy gifts and make sure everyone has a good Christmas."

The Salvation Army started with 1,100 children, and the response has been great, but Lyles said the push to adopt the final angels is on.

Remaining children include infants and children ages 10 to 12.

For infants, gift ideas include diapers, wipes, age appropriate toys and car seats.

For older children, sports balls for boys and make-up for girls are among the gift ideas.

"The older ones are left on the trees, and it just comes down to them and the items on the list," Lyles said. "Some items are more expensive and people like to buy for the smaller children."

Trees with the angels for adoption are at Glynn Place Mall and at both Chick-fil-A locations - 70 Golden Isles Plaza and 2205 Demere Road, St. Simons Island.

New unwrapped items purchased for children should be dropped off today at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, 2801 Norwich St., or at Glynn Place Mall where the Angel Trees are located.

The Salvation Army's other holiday fundraiser, the Red Kettle Drive, is still in full swing.

The bells will continue to ring for donations every day but Sunday until Dec. 24 at 18 locations around Glynn County.

"We should have two weeks left, and they are generally our best weeks," Lyles said. "But at this pace, we could fall short of our goal and only raise around $65,000."

So far the Salvation Army has raised $35,000 of its $80,000 goal.

All money raised in the Red Kettle Drive goes to fund local Salvation Army operations.

Volunteers interested in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army can call and schedule a time at 265-9381.



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