By Ashley Rader
The numbers are rising.
More than 800 Carter County families will receive assistance from the Carter County Salvation Army Angel Tree this Christmas season.
During sign-ups held last month, 818 families with 2,268 men, women and children were signed up for food and gift assistance. A total of 950 children were signed up for the Angel Tree program.
“All of those numbers are up from last year,” said Salvation Army Capt. Nick Garrison. “We need to step up and come together as a community to meet these needs.”
Many are already stepping up: during its kickoff event Friday, the Salvation Army recognized a cadre of student volunteers who help with the Angel Tree each year. Students Nathan Batchelder, Caleb Batchelder, Alan Bowers, Ceara Cogan and Lydia Snyder were named Ambassadors to the Community because of their participation.
“We need these kind of people to help with the Angel Tree,” Garrison said. “It takes a community.”
Through the Angel Tree program, parents sign up their children for assistance. The child’s wish list and clothing sizes are placed on an angel that is hung on a tree to adopt for the holiday season. Those to “step up” buy gifts for the angel, then turn them back in to be given to the child.