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Salvation Army needs 300 gifts to make Christmas brighter for seniors citizens

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Salvation Army is scrambling to make Christmas brighter for hundreds of seniors who have not been adopted through the Angel Tree Program. With only one day left to donate gifts, the Salvation Army is praying for a miracle.

Christmas gifts for the Angel Tree Program fill a large section of Metrocenter Mall in South Jackson.  Right now, more than 3,500 kids and seniors are on the list this holiday season. While generous community members have purchased and dropped off the latest toys and games for all the young angels, hundreds of senior angels are still on the waiting list to get their wishes granted.

“All of these sheets of paper on the floor are family tags of seniors that have not been adopted, they go the full length of this room, two lines here and another this way,” said volunteer Becky Tilton.

  Salvation Army volunteers said time is ticking to get the presents for those often times forgotten. 

“We have a lot of seniors and a lot of our seniors are disabled as well," said Tilton. "I find a lot of seniors are caring for the children and great grandchildren, and they don't ask much for themselves, but they need  a little bit of  help.” 

Volunteer Myra Young said she can relate to the less fortunate.

“I grow up extremely poor. My family had some heartbreaks, so we didn't have very much,” said Young.

When Young heard about the senior present shortage, she trekked to the mall to buy pots, pans, an iron and clothing, so the elderly will have something under the tree. She hopes others will follow in her footsteps.

“Christmas is a time that everyone needs to be remembered. No matter what your age is you need to be remembered,” said Young.

Wednesday is the last day you can buy a gift for a senior.  If you want to donate, please bring an unwrapped gift to Metrocenter Mall near the old Sears from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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