JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's a record-breaking year for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. Over 8,000 metro Jackson children are in need this year- that's more than ever before.
And the community stepped up to the plate. All angels on the tree were adopted.
Now, the Salvation Army is in desperate need of volunteers to sort though over 8,000 gifts by the end of the week.
Volunteers can stop by the old Belk store at Metro Center mall in Jackson this week between 9 A.M. and 8 P.M. There, they will bag gifts for each family and make sure all toys are age-appropriate and all clothing is the right size.
"If volunteers don't come out, we will not be ready for these families. They might not get these items until Christmas or even after Christmas," said Captain Jessie Chapman of the Salvation Army.
By Wednesday morning, 20 percent of the items were sorted and processed.
"It's an exhilarating feeling to know you have a hand in making Christmas for a kid. And, you know, when a kid has a good memory of Christmas, usually he or she grows up to be a better citizen in the community," said Captain Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army.
The Angel Tree gifts will be distributed Saturday morning.
For more information on how you can help, contact the Salvation Army at (601) 982-4881.
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