Angel Tree

The Paris unit of The Salvation Army is readying its annual holiday charity programs in Paris, starting with the Angel Tree at the Walmart store in Paris. Here, Piper Miles (left) and Emery Miles of Paris help hang angel tags on the tree Wednesday afternoon, with Bobbi Jo French of Henry, manager of The Salvation Army’s Paris store, helping in the background. The Angel Tree, along with donation boxes that are being set up around town and bell ringing that will begin Saturday, provides people plentiful opportunities to help the community’s children in need receive Christmas gifts. Gift donations will be accepted at Walmart and other locations through Dec. 12.

The local Salvation Army has set up its Angel Tree between two donation boxes near the grocery entrance of the Paris Walmart store. 

The names and wish lists of 100 angels (children age 12 and under) and 15 bears (seniors age 65 or older) currently hang on the tree for people who would like to help those in need.

Each angel tag has the name of a child or senior with their age, clothing size and a Christmas gift wish list. Members of the public may shop for the items listed on the tag and they will be packed and gifted to the names on the angel tags by members of The Salvation Army during the last two weeks before Christmas.

Bobbi Jo French, manager of The Salvation Army’s Paris store, says anyone buying gifts for an angel should bring them to a toy donation box or to the Salvation Army thrift store, 3830 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris, by Dec. 12.

Two donation boxes are set up next to the Angel Tree inside Walmart and more will soon be set up at locations including Kroger, Sweet Jordan’s and Tennessee Valley Community Church.

The Salvation Army will also be starting its bell-ringing fundraiser in front of Walmart beginning Saturday morning.

Bell ringers will be stationed at Walmart from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 24. There will be bell ringers at Kroger from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting Nov. 27 and continuing through Dec. 24.

Other money donations can be mailed to The Salvation Army’s thrift store and at the stores where donation boxes are set up. There are ways to donate online through group’s website. French said the actual boxes should be filled with toys and other gift items.

For more information on how you can help, The Salvation Army store can be reached at 642-4105.

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