Adopt an angel and spread holiday cheer

Reported by Casey Roman - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Salvation Army is looking for people to watch over their growing number of angels.

Every year, the organization hangs paper angels on trees around town.  They bear the names of children who need to be adopted and given a happy holiday, but not all of the children in need get help.

This year over 1,000 families have asked for help for their 3,000 little angels - a growing need that's a reflection of how many families are struggling this Christmas.

"You're heart hurts to know there are children out there who are wanting," said Salvation Army volunteer Laraine Butler.  "And it's not a situation a lot of parents choose to be in.  They would be working if they could - be providing if they could, but that's just the way it is this Christmas."

There are about 1,000 paper angels still waiting for a branch or store window to hang on.  The Angel Tree is located at Independence Mall near J.C. Penny, but if your business can help display the angels contact the Salvation Army, (910) 762-2070 or visit their website,

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