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Angel Tree Program Sees Record Need This Season

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a record number of requests to be part of the Angel Tree program this year, the Nashville Salvation Army is in desperate need of help. Only 950 of the 17,000 individual requests have been fulfilled so far.

"We are facing a significant challenge this year with requests for Angel Tree assistance up 26 percent from last year due to the economy and unemployment," said Lt. Colonel White, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Nashville.

Through Nashville Angel Tree program, a child, family or senior citizen requests gifts that are written on paper angel tags. A tree is decorated with the tags with the first name, age and gender of the recipient. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase gifts.

Families and individuals that registered for Angel Tree assistance are available for adoption at the Angel Tree booths located in the RiverGate Mall, The Mall at Green Hills, Cool Springs Galleria and Hickory Hollow.

Shoppers are asked to adopt an Angel Tree angel for Christmas and purchase the items requested. The Salvation Army asks that you bring your unwrapped gift to the same site you adopted the angel by December 3.

Distribution of the Angel Tree gifts will take place December 16, 19, 20, and 21.

If you would like to volunteer your time to assist with registering families, manning an Angel Tree booth in the malls or working in the Angel Tree warehouse call (615) 416-3175.

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