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Angel Tree Need

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There are over a million charities in the U.S., and the holidays are always a prime time for giving. But locally, one group says people just aren't as interested in giving this year, and the impact is huge.

This time of year the phrase "it's better to give than receive" is often used.

But when the giving stops, some local children suffer.

"As you can see the tree's full. Nobody's taking them, and the other problem is people take them and don't bring them back," says Captain Henry Houston of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program is a way for a perfect stranger to give an area child a special gift.

This year, the ministry is 225 gifts short and 20 thousand dollars in the hole.

"All the money we raise at Christmas is not just used at Christmas, it's used year round," says Houston.

Angel Trees in churches and offices are doing fine but it's the trees in the mall, where children's gifts are so easy to find, that don't have enough donors.

Each angel on the tree has a need and a want.

Neither will be met without generosity and a little compassion.

"I picked someone that is a two-year-old because I have young nieces, so I picked someone that I can relate to," says Katie Michael.

The Angel Tree deadline is only two days away, and if the angels are not adopted, the Salvation Army will begin to buy gifts, with money they don't have.

They say adding one more child to your shopping list will give you more than it will cost you this holiday season.

"It's simple. Sharing is caring," says Houston.