Salvation Army needs help getting Christmas gifts for needy children in Cenla

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The season of giving is upon us and with so many organizations in need this Christmas it can be easy for some to slip through the cracks.

This year it's the Salvation Army's Angel Tree that seems to be getting a little less attention.

The tree has angel ornaments with the name of Cenla children in need and three items they would like for Christmas.

There were a thousand names registered with the Salvation Army this year, and usually by this time in December most of the names have been claimed.

However, there are 200 names left hanging on the tree and the Salvation Army is collecting gifts on Dec. 15.

They do this mid-December so they can sort and distribute the gifts, and get them to families early so they know they have something for Christmas.

The gifts on each ornament are kept in a reasonable price range with many children asking for Legos, Barbie dolls and action figures.

The Alexandria Salvation Army Corps officer Major Glenn Riggs said the feeling of giving back is the best gift at Christmas time.

"I've got the best job in the world," said Riggs. "Because all of the folks that do all of this for the children, I get the hugs, I get the smiles, I get the 'thanks yous' and I want to pass them on. People are very grateful for those in the community that help them in a very difficult time."

The Alexandria Mall is accepting angel tree gifts at their main office and gifts can be dropped off at the Salvation Army's office in Downtown Alexandria.

If you can't make it out to the mall, angels can also be adopted by calling the mall's main office at 318-442-0445. You can even email Major Riggs at

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