Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Children’s names still wait on the Salvation Army Angel Tree at 517 Subs, their hopes for a merry Christmas hanging by a thread until some kind soul decides to take them under their wing.
Patrons can remove a name from the tree if they want to commit to purchasing the child’s gifts, which need to be returned to 517 by Saturday, Dec. 8 to be collected by the Salvation Army.
“My husband and I have supported the Salvation Army for a long time,” said Sara Holmes, who owns 517 with her husband Russ. “They do a lot of things locally, and [we appreciate] the Christian outreach they have and the physical needs that they meet.”
The Holmeses decided to put up an Angel Tree in the restaurant for the first time last year, and to start out their tiny tree had just eight names, which they quickly ran out of and had to ask for more. To meet the demands of the generous Signal Mountain community, this year they requested 25 names from the beginning.
Along with a name, each piece of paper on the tree contains essential gift-giving information such as the child’s age and gender, clothing and shoe sizes and a list of items they want or need. A bag is supplied by 517 for the sponsor to use to keep their child’s gifts together.
“We’ll also have a jar out, so if people don’t want to go out and shop, they can put some money in if they’d rather do that,” said Sara Holmes, who will donate the funds to Salvation Army.
Find 517 Subs at 1238 Taft Highway, Suite 184. The restaurant can be reached at 517-9011.