Knox Salvation Army Angel Trees need more seniors to be adopted

Knox area Salvation Army Angel Trees need more seniors to be adopted

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The little boy and girl tags on the Angel Trees represent children. The mouse tags represent the seniors and those with special needs. The little boy and girl tags on the Angel Trees represent children. The mouse tags represent the seniors and those with special needs.
"A lot of seniors here don't have family, and they are living on fixed incomes, so they can't afford to take care of themselves or buy the basic needs that they need," said Maria Down. "A lot of seniors here don't have family, and they are living on fixed incomes, so they can't afford to take care of themselves or buy the basic needs that they need," said Maria Down.
"A lot of situations, people don't have any clothing and the cold weather is upon us and you need help," said Gary Carringer. "A lot of situations, people don't have any clothing and the cold weather is upon us and you need help," said Gary Carringer.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Chances are you've seen The Salvation Army Angel Trees up in several stores around your community. In Knoxville, there are almost 2,000 individuals who have applied and qualified for the assistance.

Children, seniors and those living with special needs have angel tags on the trees. While many children have been adopted, almost 200 tags for seniors and people with special needs remain on the trees.

Gary Carringer normally volunteers and gives donations to The Salvation Army. He says helping others is beneficial for both the people in need and the volunteers.

"The people who are helping out come here to get in line to help out. They all seem to be a lot happier about things, because it gives them a pleasure to help out other people, or it always has me," said Carringer.

Carringer says he's recently fallen on tough times and has gone from being the volunteer to being the recipient. This year his name and wish list is written on a tag and is hanging on an Angel Tree along with 140 other seniors in need in Knoxville.

"A lot of situations, people don't have any clothing and the cold weather is upon us and you need help," said Carringer.

According to Maria Down with The Salvation Army, many seniors ask for clothes, linens, house hold supplies, hobby items and hygiene products.

"A lot of seniors here don't have family, and they are living on fixed incomes, so they can't afford to take care of themselves or buy the basic needs that they need," said Down.

The little boy and girl tags on the Angel Trees represent children. The mouse tags represent the seniors and those with special needs.

"Look at the local trees around you, and you see tags on there. Please get them, because it means they have not been adopted yet, so we don't want to have any forgotten children or seniors this year. We would really like to be able to provide for everyone's needs," said Down.

Carringer says not only are the items needed, the gift, knowing someone cares, makes the holidays and the future a little brighter. Carringer says being thought of during the holiday will make him smile.

"It does, and it gives you a better outlook on the situation," said Carringer.

The Angel Trees are at many stores and gyms around town. To help out, all you have to do is pick up a tag and purchase some of the items on the wish list, then drop off the angel gifts to The Salvation Army or the adoption site.

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