UPDATE: All of the angels on The Salvation Army's Angel Tree have been adopted.

The Salvation Army said Monday that this is the earliest they have ever had all the angels adopted.

The deadline for shoppers to return gifts is December 2.

The Salvation Army has other ways the community can give this Christmas season.

Tuesday, they will kick off their 12 Days of Giving Campaign at Northgate and Hamilton Place Malls.

"Each tag will represent a Salvation Army program needing funding, so it can continue serving those in need throughout the year," a Salvation Army spokesperson said.

In addition, The Acropolis Grill will donate 15 percent of its proceeds from Tuesday's sales to The Salvation Army in honor of Giving Tuesday.

“We are so appreciative to The Acropolis for its generosity,” Major Mark Smith, Area Commander for The Salvation Army, said. “We are hoping many will go eat there to celebrate Giving Tuesday!”

Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more can visit The Salvation Army's website or call 423-756-1023.


PREVIOUS STORY: The deadline to adopt an angel for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program is quickly approaching.

People have until Monday to help low-income families have a Christmas this holiday season.

You can choose to adopt an angel at Hamilton Place Mall near Belk on the second floor.

If you are not able to get out, the Salvation Army is accepting donations at all of their locations.

"It really is good, it’s good for your soul just to help out just a small amount. It doesn't have to be extravagant or something big, just something small can make a kid smile during Christmas," Lt. Tansena Spears said.

More than 4,000 kids and seniors are recipients of this year's Angel Tree program, and only about a hundred still need to be adopted.

A goal that Lieutenant Spears thinks is possible.

She said this program does make a difference from personal experience.

"My mom had six girls, 3 of them adopted and 3 fostered, and she went to The Salvation Army for help, and they were there to help her. Of course, we got Easy Bake Ovens a lot for Christmases, which was fine, but it was nice to see The Salvation Army had our back," Spears said.

Melissa Colter and her children have been volunteering for years.

She says she wants to instill in her own children the gift of giving back.

“We try to adopt an angel every year. Sometimes we divide it amongst our family, so my mom will get the senior, my sister-in-law would get the little baby and we'll take the child,” Colter explained.

Colter said as a mom, seeing how this program impacts the lives of kids and seniors is just enough of a reason to come back every year, and she hopes others will follow.

"My favorite moments was last year a grandmother had adopted has custody of her six grandchildren, and we gave her a Christmas food box when we give them their Christmas presents, and she just broke down sobbing and she was like, ‘my kids wouldn't have nothing, they would have woke up on Christmas presents and have no presents.’"

The Salvation Army wants to remind everyone that their cold weather shelter will open this upcoming Monday and Tuesday in the event temperatures do not warm up.