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Holiday Helping: Angel Tree update

HOLIDAY HELPING: See more opportunities to help out for the holidays.

As of this morning, 502 of the angels have been adopted from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This year, organizers hope to help more than 3,000 children and seniors in need–so there are a lot more angels still hanging on trees.

The Angel Tree program has more people to help this year because a handful of other holiday programs–including one of the area’s largest holiday assistance efforts–have folded and the Salvation Army agreed to lend a hand.

Want to help children and seniors have a brighter holiday? You can find an Angel Tree in each of the area Giant stores, most Walmarts, in both JC Penney stores and in the center court of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

Then, return your gifts by Dec. 6 to the store where you got your angel tag, or to the staging spot for this year’s campaign: the former Giant store at the corner of Route 3 and Bragg Road.

If you can’t take on an entire wish list, the Salvation Army is collecting new coats and children’s clothing, toys, money and gift cards to help those children and seniors whose names aren’t chosen from the trees. And a toy drive will be held Dec. 7 at the former Giant on Route 3.