Presents piling up under the tree at UAB Hospital

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It was a sight that would make any child gasp with excitement.  Hundreds of presents lay under the Christmas tree in the west pavilion of UAB Hospital Wednesday morning.  Everything from books to bears to baby dolls.

Terri Brown, who works in hospital administration, contributed to the load. "I just got some matchbox cars and some transformers.  I bought for the little boys," says Brown.  She says she knows the rough economy will prevent a lot of parents from buying for their children this year.  "There's always someone that needs something more than you do and if feels good you can help somebody."

The toys will go to those who are part of the FOX6 Gifts For Kids -Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.  Hundreds of the hospital's employees looked on as Salvation Army Brigadier Luther Smith accepted the gifts during a special ceremony Wednesday.  "We can't imagine what it would mean to a five year old child with nothing under the tree," Smith said.  "But this is the generosity that someone who didn't know them made this possible and we are grateful."

Cynthia Clanton works in the UAB Pharmacy and gave this year as she has done so many times before.  She donated one of her favorite toys: Transformers.   "When my child was a kid we used to play with them together.  So I like the way they convert from one thing to another."  But, she said, besides being fun, the gifts also carried a message.  "Someday their lives will be transformed and they'll be able to give the gift that keeps on giving to another kid."

Saturday is the last day to adopt an Angel.  There are several ways to help.  You can adopt an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Colonial Brookwood Village.  You can drop off a gift at Chick-fil-a.  You can donate a gift or cash at Lowe's.  Or you can adopt online here on our website.