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Hub City Salvation Army begins Angel Tree registration

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

While most of us are thinking of tricks or treats, the Salvation Army is planning for Christmas.

Each year, families in need can sign up to have their children's Christmas wishes displayed on the Angel Tree. Then, it is up to the public to adopt an angel and donate the gifts.

The Angel Tree Program is one of Salvation Army's biggest under takings of the year, and Monday  was the first day for families to register.

"They're already lined up this morning, before eight o'clock and we started at nine, so it looks like families are really in need this year," said Hattiesburg Director of Development, Katie Tate.

Fulfilling Christmas wishes through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program seems to get bigger every year, according to Tate.

"Last year we had over 2,100 angels, 1,100 families that came in," said Tate.

Over the past two years, Tate recalls a large number of angels left on the tree with Christmas fast approaching.

"We had over 800 left, angels left on the tree, last year we only had two hundred," said Tate.

Tate is encouraged by fewer and fewer angels left on the tree, but hopes this year is even better.

"Hopefully, there will be no angels left on the tree this year," said Tate.

To make that happen applications have to get in and fast, Tate says this is the only week to apply.

"Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from is 9a.m.  to 6 p.m.," said Tate.

Tate says there are requirements for applying families.

"To bring their income and expenses, ID, social security cards and birth certificates of all the family members, and it's 12 years old and under," said Tate.

And most importantly the wish list for the kids.

"Our volunteers will write them down. Most of them are clothing items, because that is a big need, the most expensive need. So, that way when the angels get put on the tree the volunteers and donors will know exactly what they would like," said Tate.

Tate says with this week being the only week for families to register, they do work with emergency cases after the deadline.

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