KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program is off to a huge start with a record 1,800 applicants signing up in September. The large number could be problematic as the organization hasn’t been able to secure a proper storage and distribution facility.
The Salvation Army is looking for a donated store or warehouse with at least 20,000 square feet of heated space to use from November 7 through December 31. The Salvation Army will provide a certificate of insurance to cover liability during that time.
They say they will have a contingency plan in place by November 4 if need be, but this would likely require multiple storage points and increase the number of distribution days.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have had the same facility available to us for the last couple of years but we knew we would have to find a new location this year,” said Knoxville Associate Area Commander Major Christine Smith. “We’ve searched throughout the summer for a new facility without any luck and now we’re running out of time before will need to move toward a contingency plan.”
For more information on the warehouse needs or the Angel Tree program in general, call (865) 525-9401.