MASSENA Ornaments on the Salvation Armys 2012 Angel Tree still are available at St. Lawrence Centre, KeyBank and First Niagara Bank in Massena.
Each ornament contains the first name of a needy child who lives in the Massena area, as well as their clothing sizes and a couple of gift suggestions.
Salvation Army Lt. Russell H. Crowsen said the Salvation Army hopes to provide gifts for roughly 100 children, but since the deadline to apply for gifts isnt until Friday, that number could grow.
Were taking applications until Dec. 7, he said, adding that the deadline for applications for food baskets was last week.
Weve actually extended the deadline for toys, Lt. Crowsen said. Anyone in need of holiday toys can stop by the office on Russell Road to fill out an application, he said.
The Salvation Army is open from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, but Lt. Crowsen said evening appointments can be made by calling the office at 769-5154.
With a week to go until the deadline to submit purchased gifts, Lt. Crowsen said, things have been going well so far. Were doing pretty good. Weve had some people bring them back already, but were still looking for more to come in, he said.
If anyone is looking for Angel Tree tags, they can get one from the tree in the hall at the mall; they can come to our Christmas Castle at the mall, and also KeyBank and First Niagara have some, he said. We still have a lot of tags that are available.
Lt. Crowsen said the Salvation Army again is working with Toys for Tots, so that should help ensure the agency is able to fulfill its obligation to each child it is hoping to serve this year.
Lt. Crowsen said he knows there are Toys for Tots drop boxes at BJs Wholesale Club, Burger King and the Daily Courier-Observer office.
Those are just the ones I know, he said, adding that there likely are other boxes around Massena.
Lt. Crowsen said people should donate to the toy drive so that those children can have a merry Christmas like everyone else. It also helps to bring hope and joy to a family that might not have much.
The deadline to return gifts to the Salvation Army or the Christmas Castle at the mall is Dec. 13.