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New Albany, IN (WDRB) -- Nearly 70 children in Southern Indiana were not adopted by the Angel Tree. That has the Salvation Army New Albany making a last-minute push, hoping people will donate to help those children.
Roxanne Haley with the Salvation Army New Albany says, "Some of them will go and buy them new shoes, coats and hats and gloves and everything."
In the Salvation Army gym, you'll find hundreds and hundreds of plastic bags, each one filled with new clothing from the Angel Tree program. Marsha McCormick, the General Manager of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores says, "Some of the kids get everything from socks, underwear, bicycles."
But this year, there are 67 Angels who were not adopted. That means 67 children won't get a Christmas outfit, unless more donations come in.
Haley says, "If you figure that times $50 or $100 or whatever they can donate, any amount if they'd like to do, we'll pool it all together and go shopping for those children."
Some people who adopted families have not brought those donations back. The Salvation Army says it needs those right away so the families can have new clothes.
The Center for Women and Families is also making a last-minute push with its gift card drive. It has only received $8,000 worth with a goal of $25,000 in the next five days.
Nearly 1000 local adults and children surviving intimate partner abuse and sexual violence rely on these gift cards as a safe way to shop for their loved ones since many cannot leave the Center fearing their safety. It is safer for them to shop online.
The Center needs $25 gift cards from places like K-Mart, Target, and Wal-Mart, along with Visa and MasterCard debit cards.
Back at the Salvation Army, in addition to the new clothing, parents will get toys for their children. Everything will be picked up this Saturday.
McCormick says, "The people who donate this, I wish they could see it. Some of the parents are so thankful they just want to hug you. It makes all the time we spend worthwhile."
The Salvation Army says it's hoping to get cash donations to shop for the 67 remaining kids.
You can make donations by mail or in person at its Green Valley Road location in New Albany through Friday.