|Updated: 12/18/2012 5:22 pm
||Published: 12/17/2012 11:03 pm
The Salvation Army says Tulsans stepped up and helped them reach their goal to help all the 'forgotten' angels this year.
The organization tells FOX23 that 700 children were adopted from an Angel Tree, but as of Monday night they were still missing gifts for 624 children. Toy distribution begins Wednesday.
“It’s crunch time,” said Major April Taylor with the Salvation Army.
Major Taylor called on Tulsans to give toys or make a monetary donation to the Salvation Army Joy Center to help fill the toy requests by Wednesday.
“We won’t let the children go without,” said Taylor, “Christmas is about hope and we will do everything we can to provide that hope for them.”
The greatest need is for gifts for girls and boys ages and 10 to 12.
Major Taylor says that the agency has been calling out for help via social media. Local businesses have stepped up to help close the gap.
“I can’t imagine a kid not getting a toy when they wake up for Christmas,” said the owner of Andolini’s Pizzeria, Mike Bausch. Andolini’s is offering an incentive for customers to donate toys. The pizzeria will offer one free 14 inch large pizza with every toy donation.
Major Taylor says even if children don’t receive the gifts that they asked for, she hopes that Tulsans can help meet the need so that children have a heartfelt present to open.
“We are going to get it done,” said Major Taylor.
Salvation Army officials say the toy distribution will go as planned on Wednesday.