, Muskogee, OK

December 7, 2012

Scores of angels still on trees

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Time is running out for nearly one-third of the children and seniors in the Muskogee Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree campaign.

People have one week left to help them.

Salvation Army Capt. Ben Walters said that of 1,895 “angels” registered in Muskogee’s Angel Tree program, 1,300 have been adopted and 595 remain on Angel Trees across the city.

People can adopt a child or senior angel by choosing a paper ornament from an Angel Trees. The ornament gives the angel’s name, age, clothing sizes and Christmas gift wishes.

Angel Tree gifts must be delivered by Dec. 15, either to Arrowhead Mall’s tree, outside the Sears interior entrance, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., or to The Salvation Army office, 700 Independence St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Area businesses are offering incentives to donate.

Walmart, 1000 W. Shawnee Bypass, will have a “Fill the Truck” toy and coat drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested items to put in the truck.

Arrowhead Mall shoppers who donate an Angel Tree gift will be entered in a drawing for a Yamaha TT-R50 motorcycle. Gifts will be accepted through noon Dec. 15. The drawing will be at 1:30 p.m. in the mall’s food court. Donors must be present to win.

Nancy Slauenwhite, a volunteer helping at the mall’s Angel Trees, said she has seen several examples of generosity.

“We had one gentleman buy for three angels yesterday, and he came back for more today,” she said Friday.

Several people brought large bags of donations earlier that morning, she added.

The mall has three trees, one for boys, one for girls and one for seniors, or “elderberries.”

“Sometimes, if they have someone in their family the same age, they’ll pick out something for someone their age,” Slauenwhite said.

Sometimes parents have their children buy for a child their age, she said. Slauenwhite said many people have adopted senior angels.

Walters said several area employers, including Love Bottling and the VA Regional Offices, have Angel Trees and encourage employees to help.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or

You can help

• A Fill the Truck drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Walmart, 1000 W. Shawnee Bypass.

Salvation Army Angel Trees are located throughout Muskogee at the following locations:

• Sears court at Arrowhead Mall, 501 N. Main St.

• Wall’s Bargain Center, 1150 N. Main St.

• Walmart, 1000 W. Shawnee Bypass.

• Runt’s BBQ, 3003 W. Okmulgee Ave.

• American Bank of Oklahoma, 2401 Chandler Road.

• American Bank of Oklahoma, 3300 W. Broadway.

The deadline to return angels with gifts is Dec. 15.