Suffolk organization in desperate need of sponsors for Angel Tree


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds of children in Suffolk are awaiting sponsors to receive Christmas gifts this year.

They can all be found on the Angel Tree at the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing building.

You have until Dec. 13 to help. And the magic about helping is you’re not just bringing joy to the child, but the whole family.

As a social worker, Mike Smith works with a lof of families in need, but this time of year can always be the hardest for some.

“You know you’re a provider and you want to be able to provide for your kids and this helps you to do that,” Smith said. 

This is why he is asking for anyone’s help in donating or sponsoring an angel from the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Angel Tree.

“It’s hard out there and I see the families struggling,” Smith said. 

Executive Director Tracey Snipes said they are facing higher numbers than ever before.

“We had 100 and 99 participants last year. My understanding is that we are up to 600 children,” said Snipes.

“As we all know, the Christmas holiday has gotten to be so commercialized that you know it’s kinda more about the gifts than the true meaning of Christmas, and that adds pressure to parents,” she added.

Phyliss Harrison said if you’re interested all you have to do is stop by their office and they’ll help you get paired with a family or child.

“Some are asking for toys to ride on, especially our smaller children. And our older children are asking for headphones, things of that sort,” Phyliss said. 

They say your donation can make a regular day a magical one.

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