The Salvation Army has found storage space for its Angel Tree gifts for needy children and will not have to cancel the Christmas program as it did the Thanksgiving turkey drive because of lack of freezer space.
Capt. Syung Young Lee said Monday that the group has been offered a vacant 6,000-square-foot building in Loudoun Valley Shopping Center in Purcellville, although the Salvaton Army will have to pay for some expenses, such as electricity.
The group appealed for help Friday, saying it could not obtain a permit for the building it had lined up near Dulles Town Center because it lacked sprinklers and smoke detectors.
Angel trees have been set up at Dulles Town Center, Leesburg Outlet Mall and Wal-Marts in Sterling and Leesburg. Each tree is decorated with tags that list a child's age, gender, clothes and shoe size and a gift the child would like. Purchases can be left at the trees or the Salvation Army office at 525-G E. Market St. in Leesburg.
Linda Thompson, the Salvation Army's public relations coordinator in Loudoun, said more than 1,400 children have registered to receive gifts, which will be distributed Dec. 18-20.