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Salvation Army Angel Tree program in desperate need of donations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

For nearly 30 years, the Salvation Army has asked the community to help make Christmas possible for local children.

For the first time since the Angel Tree Program started, the Salvation Army is worried they will not receive enough donations.

This year, 17,000 children are signed up to be adopted by people in the community, which is up from 15,000 children from last year.  

"I'm very concerned," said Lt. Col. Charles White, "I've been an officer for 45 years and been through several recessions and tough economic times, and I've never seen it this bad."

Filling the giant Angel Tree warehouse with gifts is a difficult task that White worries will not be completed in time.

"Between today and December 3 when the adopt the angel program finishes in the malls, we'll need to adopt almost 1,000 angels a day," explained White, "We've been out for about six days and have not met that goal at all. We're severely behind."

To say the economy has hit the angel tree program hard is an understatement.

White told Nashville's News 2, "We've had so many families come in who said I adopted an angel last year, I was helping someone else and now I'm here asking for help for my family."

Each child in need is represented anonymously on a card hanging from a Christmas tree that can be found at area locations.

On the card, there's a "want" and a "need" category.

White said often, the need is something as basic as a pair of shoes.

"For them to know that they're loved, that gift means a lot and we're hoping we can provide that," said White, who added, "We need folks to get motivated and help us to make sure those children have a bright Christmas."

Anyone interested in adopting an angel can do so at Cool Springs, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow and Green Hills malls, as well as Daily's convenience stores.

For more information on the program, visit the Salvation Army's Web site.

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