Monday was the last day for the toy drive, and organizers are asking for those thinking of adopting an angel and those who already have to bring their gifts to the Old Hickory Mall.
But the Salvation Army needs 5-7,000 toys to fill the need for families this holiday season.
Toys are not the only things on angel tree lists. "Less fortunate Australians can not even afford to buy gifts or even afford a get together", said Major Moulds.
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This year, Texas A&M University adopted over 1,000 kids from the Angel Tree. When parents come to pick up the gifts they're reactions is priceless. "I couldn't do it without the volunteers", said Major Robinson.
The two-week countdown to Christmas has begun and with it comes crunch time for charities.
Officials said that a lot of their seniors are grandparents who are taking care of their grandchildren or have multiple generations in their household.
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"It looks like there are several hundred who are not adopted this year", Worthy said.
Families, including mothers and their newborns, suffered incredible losses. "As a parent that would speak volumes because someone cared enough about a stranger's child to do something like that". The donation's for this good cause and administered by the Salvation Army are very much appreciated by the less fortunate families that receive these food hampers.
"I want to see children being happy, waking up and seeing something from Santa Claus", she said. "It instills that sense of giving in the next generations because sometimes we are lost in our own self-centeredness.
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Last year, based on the same research, it was just half a million and that's hard for us to comprehend, but we know from the front line that many Australians are finding it difficult", Cleave said. The Salvation Army will be collecting donations until December 19th. The deadline is this week. This year it will be held Saturday at various locations. Drop off items at American Legion Post 13 (located beside the fairgrounds) at 2035 US 301 S. between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday.