MASSENA - The Salvation Army of Massena says their Angel Tree has been going very well this year, but theyre looking for one item in particular at this point - clothing.
A lot of angel tags were taken off the trees. Weve had many toy donations. We are doing well with toys. We are looking for clothing, Lt. Cynthia Crowsen said.
The Angel Tree gives customers an opportunity take a tag from the tree and purchase the gift requested on the tag for a child.
The Salvation Army began the holiday season looking to provide for roughly 100 children. They accepted applications until Dec. 7.
Each ornament on the Angel Tree, located in the St. Lawrence Centre mall, Key Bank and First Niagara Bank in Massena, contains the first name of a child in need from the Massena area, as well as their clothing sizes and a couple of gift suggestions.
Lt. Crowsen said their toy efforts were boosted by the recent radiothon and toy drive.
The community was very generous when it came to toys, she said.
Clothes are their priority right now, the lieutenant noted.
We do need clothing - shoes, winter coats, clothes to open under three as a new outfit for school, she said.
We try, when we give a free gift, to also give them one complete outfit with shoes if possible and a winter coat if we have one in their size, she added.
She said they would gladly accept it if anyone has a winter coat, shoes or other clothing or outfits to provide them so they can, in turn, provide a better Christmas for someone else.
If they would like to call our office or stop by the mall Christmas Castle, we can give them the sizes of the children that do not have clothing items that have not come in yet so they can be purchased, Lt. Crowsen said.
For more information, contact their office at 769-5154.