Roanoke's Salvation Army needs more angels like you.
The charity's annual angel tree campaign is in big trouble this year. The campaign provides Christmas presents for needy children throughout the Roanoke Valley.
The Salvation Army says, so far, donations are way down. It is trying to help 3,000 kids this year.
The Salvation Army is seeing a lot of angels left on trees at area malls. Donations have also been slow to come in. The deadline is Sunday.
John Horn has volunteered for the Salvation Army angel tree campaign for 10 years. Horn told News 7, "I've never seen quite as slow with the gifts coming in as it has been this year."
Volunteers think the economy maybe to blame. Lt. Travis Roberts of the Salvation Army, told News 7, "People are still timid about buying. They want to get everything done for themselves first and then I think it's like we can look at other people."
The Salvation Army says the need hasn't exactly gone up this year but it is seeing a lot more new faces.
The charity points out every little bit helps.
Volunteer Rick Harltess told News 7, "I know just like my house like everywhere else the economy has gotten everything kinda tight but there's always that extra couple of dollars."
The Salvation Army is hopeful the Roanoke Valley will hear this plea for help. "They're not going to let us down, they always come through and God willing they're going to this year," said volunteer John Horn.
You can pick up an angel at Tanglewood and Valley View Mall. Donations can be dropped off at the malls, at the Salvation Army on Dale Avenue in Southeast Roanoke, and the WDBJ studios on Hershberger Road. Our studios are located near the Burlington Coat Factory.
Just a reminder, the deadline for donations is Sunday.
To adopt an angel, click here.