Christmas Angel program still needing help
by Elane Jones
Nov 29, 2012 | 1620 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Each year the local Salvation Army sponsors a Christmas Angel Program to help provide holiday gifts for children age 12 and younger, and with Christmas looming on the horizon, the program still has several angels in need of adoption.

The Social Service Director for the Salvation Army Jasper Service Center, Debbie Wilcutt, said the program has approximately 95 angels still in need of adoption before the program’s Dec. 14 deadline.

The program organizers place angels on Christmas trees at various location around the county each year, including at the Salvation Army’s Social Service Center in Jasper. One of this year’s locations was Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q, which suffered fire damage on Thanksgiving Day.

“Jim N’ Nicks has always been so good to do an angel tree for us every year, but we had to get the angels back from them this year, after the business suffered some fire damage on Thanksgiving,” Wilcutt said. “We told them to focus on getting their business back open and we’d take care of getting the angels that were on their tree adopted. And we’re so thankful that two other restaurants in Jasper, Los Reyes and Victoria's, stepped forward and agreed to help us out by taking the angels from Jim N’ Nicks and placing them on Christmas trees at their locations.”

Wilcutt said the Salvation Army also wanted to thank all the other businesses that have angel trees at their locations, Son's of Parrish, Son's Pharmacy at Parrish, and Bill and Son's at Carbon Hill.

“And we’d also like to thank Alabama Power for adopting 40 children this year,” Wilcutt said. “Anyone can go by any of the locations we mentioned and pick up an angel, purchase a gift from the child’s wish list and return it to us here at the Salvation Army.”

Each angel bears a child’s name and Christmas list. The unwrapped gifts should be returned to the Salvation Army Social Service Center on 20th Street in downtown Jasper.

For more information on how you can help the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program, please contact Deb Wilcutt at 205-221-7737.