Kiann Robinson’s second-grade class decided to give back this holiday season by raising money and purchasing gifts for children on an Angel Tree this year. While they were able to provide for five "angels," United Way of Central Arkansas Executive Director Maret Cahill said there are still several names left on their tree.
United Way considers the Salvation Army a "community partner" and Cahill said they wanted to host an Angel Tree in their office.
"We called them up and said we’d love to have some angels down here," she said.
Cahill alerted the community through Facebook and other means to the fact that the Angel Tree was up. Kiann Robinson knew she was working on a project with her students and ended up claiming five angels from the tree. She said she got children in the age-range from 7 to 10 because it was important to the students to buy things for children their own age, but she noticed several infants and older children represented on the tree as well.
"We got several picked up because of that," Cahill said of Robinson’s class project.
When the tree was running low, United Way reached out to the Salvation Army for more angels. Now 20 names remain on the branches and the Dec. 13 deadline is coming fast.
Cahill said the United Way office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays if people want to drop in and pick up an angel. Gifts are due to the Salvation Army Friday at 4 p.m. and they request donations remain unwrapped.
Additionally, United Way will have an open house Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. at their new office at 1120 Oak Street in Conway.
Salvation Army Conway Corps Captain Joanna Robinson said even single gifts can make a difference for those who want to give but cannot support a whole angel by themselves.
"Just buy a toy so it can be filler," she said. "Everything helps."
The local Salvation Army office is at 2125 Harkrider Street, Suite 12.
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