HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Volunteers are at the Horry County Angel Tree Distribution Center trying to make sure every child in need will wake up on Christmas Day with something to open underneath their Christmas Tree.
The distribution center is located at the old Waccamaw Pottery on Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach. Volunteers are picking up angel tree donations at various locations, and bringing them to the center, donors are also dropping off their donations. Volunteers will check the items donated, to make sure the child's wish list is fulfilled, they also will look for supplement items, that are also donated. The supplement items include toys, shoes and clothes. If there is something a child doesn't have they will put other needed items, and toys in their bags.
Carolyn Webb, a volunteer with the Salvation Army, has been working with the Angel Tree program all week.
"I grew up in the Salvation Army so I am used to helping at Christmas, I've been with the Salvation Army since I was five years old," said Carolyn Webb.
According to Major Angie Repass, Salvation Army Director, there are about 1,100 that were adopted in Horry County, she says close to 450 of those angels have not been returned. Repass says it is important that those who adopted angels return them as soon as possible to guarantee each child in need will have something for Christmas. All donated items for angels should be returned no later than Monday, Dec. 19.
"Fulfill your commitment, if you can't, you need to bring your angel back so that someone else can take that angel," Webb said.
Parents will pick up the items for their children at the distribution center on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Repass said there are still about 80 angels that have to be adopted. Those angels can be picked up at Magnolia Mall in Florence or Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach.
Webb says so many families depend on the community to make Christmas a joy for their family. She says she can remember a family lost everything on Christmas Eve, due to a burglary. she said they opened their doors on Christmas Day, so the family could have something.
"People don't realize what's it like when you have nothing," she added.
Repass said they are still asking for donations, particularly for older children, ages 10 to 12.
Gift ideas for this age group include:
- Old Spice/Axe Body Fragrance (Boys)
- Body Fragrance gift sets (Girls)
- Nail polish
- Shampoo/Body Wash
- Remote Control Vehicles/Trucks
Remember, all donations should not be wrapped, however, wrapping paper will be accepted, so parents can wrap the gifts themselves.