Salvation Army Angel Tree adapts to pandemic

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The Salvation Army is adapting their Angel Tree program due to the pandemic. From applications to distribution, they have found ways to make every part of the process safer.

“We were looking for ways to do the same type of ministry and service that we provide but with less contact of course,” Major Rebecca Poole said.

They have seen an increase in families needing assistance this year, with more than 1,000 Angels needing sponsors.

Several local companies have adopted groups of Angels, with each getting their own specific Angel Tree registry for employees.

“It is heartwarming to see that the community wants to help as much as they can,” according to Major Poole.

Even with local companies sponsoring Angels, there are many Angels still unsponsored. The Salvation Army says it still needs a huge effort from the community to help all Angels get adopted.

That’s why they’ve also teamed up with three local Walmart’s. Each Walmart will be equipped with an Angel tree and a toy donation box. If you can’t make it to the store, but want to help out, click on the Registry for Good.

“When we are able to bring those items out and give them to the parents they truly appreciate all the help that they get,” said Major Poole.

The Salvation Army also needs volunteers for other initiatives they do throughout the holiday season. If you’re interested in helping out you can go to their website.

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Ariel comes to Macon from Greenville, South Carolina where she worked for Fox Carolina as a photojournalist for 4 years. She was part of the team that won a Southeast Emmy for their coverage of Hurricane Dorian. During her time in Greenville she realized her true passion is on-air reporting. She's excited to join the Middle Georgia community to be able to tell the stories of the people who live there. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a degree in Mass Communications. She’s originally from Boca Raton, Florida. She has 2 dogs (1 is back home) and a cat. When she's not at work she can be found training as an aerialist or exploring her new home. She also loves a good TV binge, her current favorite shows to watch are The Office, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing. Feel free to reach out if you have a news tip or just want to say hello.