PARIS, TN: We wish you an angelic Christmas
Each year, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program gives several hundred Henry Countians, young and old, a merrier Christmas season.
Local good Samaritans pick an angel, representing a child between birth to 12 years old, or a teddy bear, representing a senior over the age of 60, off the tree and buy gifts for them.
“The Angel Tree program here goes back, oh, at the very least, twenty years,” Tina Matthews, the manager of the Salvation Army store, 3830 Hwy. 79 northeast of Paris, said.
This year’s tree will go up at 2 p.m. Friday at the Walmart customer service desk, 1210 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris.
It will be decorated with around 180 angels, representing children, and 30 bears.
Matthews said she expected the numbers to grow significantly, perhaps doubling.
Henry County shoppers have until Dec. 7 to pick an angel or bear tag off the tree, Matthews explained.
Each tag contains information about gift preferences, age, gender and special wishes for one child or senior, giving shoppers an idea of what to look for.
Unwrapped packages can be dropped off at the customer service desk at Walmart near the tree.
They may also be left at the Salvation Army store location or Cash Advance, located at 218 Tyson Ave, which is also serving as a collection center for Angel Tree this year.
All of the gifts will be handed out this year from 9 a.m. until noon on Dec. 10.
As was the case last year, the gifts will be given at Tennessee Valley Community Church auditorium, 2500 E. Wood St. in Paris.