Norman Business Steps Up To Provide Christmas Gifts To Families In Need

Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 7:35 am
By: Colby Thelen

An act of generosity from a Norman business could change Christmas for 200 Cleveland County residents . 

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program has been ongoing for decades. It provides gifts to children and seniors who may not receive them otherwise. 

The pandemic not only led to a greater number of donations needed, but also limited the ability of many in the community to give. 

On Monday, the Cleveland County branch of the Salvation Army still had 300 angels in need of sponsors. By Tuesday morning, that number would be cut by two thirds.

Major Ben Walters, one of the directors, says the phone call he received took him by surprise. 

On the other end was Chris Mayes, the owner of Big Red Sports in Norman. 

Mayes saw the Salvation Army's plea to fill 300 requests on News 9. He wanted to help. 

The company decided to provide gifts for 200 Angels, and they hope the move will inspire others in the community to do the same. 

Donations stay in Cleveland County, and go to local families. As of Wednesday morning, 100 Angel requests still need to be filled. 

The Salvation Army says the pandemic has also made it difficult to find bell ringers and match monetary donation goals. 

If you would like to help, you can reach out to the Cleveland County Salvation Army or donate online.

The deadline participate in the Angel tree program is December 17. Gifts will be given on December 22.