With this year's Christmas shopping heading into its final stretch, it's important to remember that many - including several children - are not so fortunate to have gifts nestled beneath their tree. The Salvation Army in Jamestown, in an effort to fix this, plans to hand out three donated gifts apiece to approximately 1,400 children, a goal made possible by its Angel Trees, which have dotted local retail stores throughout the holiday season.
Each tree holds a number of different tags, all listing a gift requested by a needy child.
According to Captain John Merchant, pastor-in-charge of Jamestown's Salvation Army, the outpouring of generosity from the public has been "awesome."
Pictured is Captain John Merchant, pastor-in-charge of The Salvation Army in Jamestown.
P-J photo by AJ Rao
"We really appreciate it when the public rallies behind us and makes dreams come true," Merchant said.
Since the gifts are to be handed out Thursday, Merchant is hoping for one final push of donated gifts, so that 300 more children can receive a gift.
"All you have to do is go to the tree next to the (Lakewood Wal-Mart) Customer Service desk, pick an angel off the tree, purchase the gift or gifts and put it in the boxes in the front of the store," Merchant said.
Gifts can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army, located at 83 S. Main St. and K-Mart, located at 975 E. Fairmount Ave.
In addition to Christmas gifts, the Salvation Army plans to donate food baskets to approximately 650 families.
Anyone interested in assisting with the packaging of gifts, baskets or bell-ringing is requested to contact the Salvation Army in Jamestown at 664-4108.