TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One of the holiday season's biggest traditions is the Salvation Army's Angel Tree -- and if you haven't already adopted your angel, you only have a few days left.
The Salvation Army of Tyler extended the deadline to adopt an angel from Monday, December 5, until Sunday, December 11.
"The angel tree has been around for a very very long time at the Salvation Army. It's a program that's very near and dear to our hearts and we feel very privileged to be able to help out children and seniors who might not be getting a Christmas without it," said Amber Foster, the Salvation Army of Tyler's Community and Corporate Relations Coordinator.
The Salvation Army of Tyler had 2,900 angels up for adoption this year. And it was because there were so many angels left last week that the adoption and gift drop-off deadline has been extended to this Sunday, December 11.
"It's been really amazing, the response. On Friday, we had 1,300 left, and so over the weekend there was an enormous amount of people that came out and adopted and so now we're only down to about 200," Foster said.
We found Elizabeth Mason of Tyler returning the gifts she and her children had picked out.
"We take three angels every year. We take one for each of our children. They pick an angel of their own gender and their age so that they know what to buy and what to look for, and we brought back probably about 30 gifts," Mason said.
Mason said her children receive an important gift by participating in the angel tree.
"We just like for them to know that the emphasis is on giving at Christmas and not what they receive, and it just makes them so excited to be able to go out and shop for other kids and to feel like they're really doing something. And they think more about that than making their own lists and what they're going to get," she said.
Sunday is also the deadline to drop off those gifts that you've gotten for your angels. There are pods at the Tyler Square Mall and at fire stations throughout the community.