Army ‘angels’ gather toys for distribution

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Volunteers braved the cold in the old A&P building on Wall Street this week to help organize Salvation Army Angel Tree toys as well as stuff grocery bags with Christmas dinner fixings.

The Salvation Army distributed its Angel Tree gifts Tuesday.

&uot;This year 600 kids will be assisted, and they will receive all the fixings to make a complete Christmas dinner,&uot; said volunteer Joyce Borum, &uot;turkey and all.&uot;

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&uot;This is program chairman Alma Timmons’ sixth year to head the event,&uot; Borum said.

Borum is part of the recently organized Salvation Army Auxiliary.

&uot;There are 32 members,&uot; said Borum, &uot;and at least 20 other individuals volunteering.&uot;

Volunteer Virginia Newby said this year’s Angel Tree event is &uot;amazingly well organized.&uot;

The volunteers spent the day before distribution lining all the gifts up in rows according to their numbers.

&uot;Some ladies from the Home League are at the Salvation Army building stuffing Christmas stockings,&uot; said Salvation Army Lt. Westmoreland.

He also recognized that members of the Mississippi Nurses Association were among the volunteers.