TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program began a month ago to help a record number of East Texas families. Almost 900 angels remained un-adopted by the program's end, until an anonymous donor offered to cover the rest. That, was a week ago and now the Salvation Army has yet to see any help from any mystery donor.
Thanks to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, East Texans make sure every angel gets their presents. But this year's need was too great. Tough economic times saw a near fifty percent increase of families looking for help and wondering what to do with nearly 900 unclaimed angels.
"We got the call that we had an anonymous donor that was going to help us out with the remaining angels," said Captain Ben Lawrence. "That's what we counted on and unfortunately that hasn't happened yet."
Leaving the stand in Santa's to buy the remaining toys out of pocket, costing close to $30,000.
"We're concerned but we're confident someone else will step up to the plate and meet that need," said Lawrence.
The Salvation Army tells us the angel tree gifts have been delivered, but say any help would put them in a far better position to operate through next year. Nearly a quarter of their budget is gathered through Christmas donations.