Local Organizations and Businesses Help Provide Christmas for Area Children


"We have about half of them adopted out, but we still have about 600 or more ready and needing to be adopted, so that's a lot of children to be taken care of by Friday.  December 6 is when they're all due," said Salvation Army Major Carla Binnix.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- With Thanksgiving now behind us, holiday shopping is in full swing, and that means you have more chances than ever to give to those in need.

While many spent the most popular shopping weekend in the nation buying for family and friends, others were shopping for children in need.

"We adopt several angels we buy for our Sunday school family. We have several, so that's what we came out to do was to buy for them," said shopper Michelle McCoy.

Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is one way to help provide presents for area children by adopting that child's wish list.

"We have about half of them adopted out, but we still have about 600 or more ready and needing to be adopted, so that's a lot of children to be taken care of by Friday. December 6 is when they're all due," said Salvation Army Major Carla Binnix.

Organizers say you can donate as much or little as you can.

"There's no monetary expectation. It's what you can do. We even have children that come and they want to give. So that child might go out and buy a puzzle or a book, and that's okay because we can try and make it up with gifts. We have donors that do just a toy drive or a coat drive, and then we can try to make up for what doesn't come in for that child so every little bit counts," said Maj. Binnix.

One local business, Nat's Outdoor Sports, is in their 18th year of Bikes for Kids, a program that collects and restores bikes for children in need.

"We ask for customers to bring in donations of bikes, if they have some bikes sitting in the garage they haven't used in several years. Bring them on in, and we will refurbish them, make sure they're safe to ride, and put new seats and tires, that sort of thing on them," said Nat's Outdoor Sports Owner Lisa Martens.

They say almost any bike will do.

"We need all sizes because there are teenage kids too, so they need adult bikes, so not just the little bikes, but all sizes," said Martens.

Martens says since the program began, Nat's has given away 4,000 bikes to children in need with the help of the community.

Dec. 9 is the deadline to drop off Angel Tree donations, and Nat's also requests bikes be brought to the store by Dec. 10, to give them plenty of time to refurbish and distribute them to the children.

Individuals who would like to adopt an angel can pick one out at one of the Salvation Army's angel trees in front of the J.C. Penney entrance inside Greenwood Mall. Companies or groups who want to adopt multiple angles can call the Salvation Army at 270-843-3485.

For more information on Nat's Bikes for Kids, visit the related link.


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