Only half of gifts on Knox Co. Angel Trees purchased

(WVLT) 'Tis the season for giving and one Knox County based charity needs you to do just that.

The Angel Tree gives about 5,000 poverty-stricken kids in East Tennessee a Christmas.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy has more.

It's the 33rd year for this project.

So far the Angel Tree has presents for half, that's about 2,500 kids.

These are kids that would not have new gifts otherwise.

Here's how it works, on trees you'll find wish cards.

It has a child's name, age and what they want for Christmas.

Each child gets four wishes, so that makes 20,000 wishes this season.

They're asking for clothes, shoes, games, action figures, dolls.

Their ages range from newborn to 12 years old.

All you have to do is pick up a card, buy the gift and bring it back by the date on the card.

So far that's going okay this year, what's not is the green stuff in donation boxes.

Angel Tree desperately needs money to make sure any item not picked off the tree makes it to that child.

Beth Bledsoe says, "it's gone real well this year with what's coming off the tree, but donations are down this year. Right now we're short around seven-thousand dollars, mainly because that's to cover bikes we had to buy."

They can also use monetary donations.

Coming up tonight at 11:00, we'll talk to some families who have made giving an annual family tradition.