Salvation Army seeking volunteers for Angel Tree program

The Alabaster Salvation Army is seeking local families and individuals to help adopt area children in need this Christmas season.

The organization is looking for volunteers to adopt about 30 children as part of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Through the program, volunteers help shop and provide Christmas presents and necessities to children who may not otherwise get them.

“We are working on a pretty short deadline right now. If someone wants to adopt an angel, we need to have the paperwork back to us by Monday (Dec. 14),” said Salvation Army Sgt. Jenny Bailey. “We are planning on distributing the items on the 18th (of December).”

Although the Salvation Army had nearly 250 angels without sponsors Dec. 7, a weeklong publicity push in local media and on social networking Web sites helped the organization to adopt about 220 angels in a couple of days.

“That was really a blessing for us. It’s just amazing,” Bailey said of the public support for the program.

Bailey urged anyone interested in adopting one of the remaining angels to e-mail her at Jenny_Bailey@uss.salvationarmy.org, or call the Salvation Army office at 663-7105. The office is located at 108 Plaza Circle in Alabaster.