Roanoke Salvation Army worries about a shortage of gifts

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - For the last 23 years, Roanoke's Salvation Army has hosted the Angel Tree Program. It allows volunteers in the community to shop for a child in need to help make their Christmas wishes come true.

Captain Andy Seiler with the Salvation Army says plenty of people have volunteered to "adopt" the more than 1700 children in the program. But Sieler said, they are still waiting to receive gifts for more than 1,000 of those children. He said the slow start makes them nervous there might be a shortage of gifts.

"We always want 100 percent of our children to get at least something in their Christmas bag every year," Seiler said. "And so we want to make sure that we can make that happen with as many donors as possible. And we know they've been adopted, we've seen them go off the trees. We just want to see those gifts come back."

Angels that aren't adopted to aren't return are known as "forgotten angels." Those children will receive toys and clothes that donors have specifically purchased for children that are forgotten, they just might not be what the child has on their Christmas list.

Seiler said they have a great need for baby and toddler items as well as items for older children in the 12-year-old range.

Seiler encourages everyone who signed up to be a part of the program to get their shopping done as soon as possible, so the Salvation Army knows who they do and do not need to shop for.