"It's donor fatigue", said Watertown Salvation Army Commander Maj.
"The Angel Tree campaign keeps getting bigger and better each year".
"It's not that simply we provide a child with gifts; it's that we provide them with a more hopeful, brighter Christmas".
40 Angel Trees were not adopted, though the gifts which were listed on these were paid for by the Salvation Army, with revenue that was brought in by donations to the organization's kettle bell ringers.
But she emphasized that the mall donates space for the Salvation Army to set up its Christmas kettles, so that the organization can collect donations from the public toward its Christmas Hamper program.
For the kids, the Salvation Army teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps.
"Our community is awesome and they help us in so many ways but, especially at Christmas time, we really need their help and support", Summers said.
Those looking to donate can do so until Christmas Eve at various red kettle locations throughout the community. "When times are tough for their neighbors, I've witnessed the caring nature and sense of community demonstrated by our area's residents in many situations in the past". "We assist people five days a week through a daily food pantry, we do a weekly fresh food giveaways where we help upwards of 100 families and our Tuesday night soup kitchen in Ogdensburg serves 50 to 60 people a week".
The annual Red Kettle Campaign is still going strong for about another week here in Northwest Arkansas.
But, with just a week left in the campaign, Forster said bell ringers will hope to make up for the lost day when they're back on the streets Saturday - despite some snow in the forecast.
What the student said next caught me by surprise. I doubt she'll ever walk past another Salvation Army bucket without dropping some pocket change, or a few dollars, in the bucket.
Working for the Salvation Army is personal for Gulledge.