Each year the Salvation Army puts up trees with the names and wishes of little angels in the area whose families are not able to provide them with a Christmas gift. Local people take the angels off the tree, buy the wish or needed item and return them to the Salvation Army and thereby grant a child a Merry Christmas. This year, some 700 little angels remain to be adopted.

Each year the Salvation Army puts up trees with the names and wishes of little angels in the area whose families are not able to provide them with a Christmas gift. Local people take the angels off the tree, buy the wish or needed item and return them to the Salvation Army and thereby grant a child a Merry Christmas. This year, some 700 little angels remain to be adopted.

“We really need help,” said Maj. Don Wildish of the Salvation Army in Grayson County. He said this year has been tough year financially for a lot of area families and that has translated into a record number of names on the list for angels. He said 2,500 angel were put out at the start of the season, and 700 of them remain.

The angels need to be adopted, their wishes purchased and returned before Sunday evening, Wildish said. People can find the angels at Wal-Mart stores in Sherman and Denison, JC Penny stores and at Midway Mall in Sherman.

“We are encouraging people to buy at least one gift for each angel they take,” Wildish said. He said some people choose to buy more than one present for each angel, but that is not required. Wildish said the angels can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army’s office 5700 Texoma Parkway in Sherman.