The Salvation Army of Grayson County’s Angel Tree program has collected more than 2,600 Christmas gift wishes from Grayson County children, Salvation Army Major Helen Wildish said.

The Salvation Army of Grayson County’s Angel Tree program has collected more than 2,600 Christmas gift wishes from Grayson County children, Salvation Army Major Helen Wildish said.


Each angel on the Salvation Army’s four public trees around Denison and Sherman represents a needy child in the county who may not get a gift on Christmas morning. Wildish said that a thoughtful gift of any kind is appreciated, and there is no minimum purchase amount necessary for the donated gifts.


Wildish said that the organization collected about 200 more angels than last year, but she emphasized that the donation program is about much more than numbers.


"I want to encourage people to help out," Wildish said. "Just imagine children waking up at Christmas time and not having a gift. It’s more than a number; it’s children’s hearts that will be broken. I would like to say to the community, be an angel, adopt an angel."


The Salvation Army says the Angel Tree program "provides the new clothing, shoes, basic needs and ‘wish list’ items to thousands of children and seniors throughout the nation who otherwise might not receive anything for Christmas." The Angel Tree program in Grayson County will run through Dec. 14."


Wildish said that angels are available for adoption by the public at Midway Mall, Walmart in Denison, Walmart in Sherman and JCPenny.