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About Amy Umble: Amy Umble writes about religion and social issues affecting the Fredericksburg community. You can email her at aumble@freelancestar.com.

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Holiday Helping: Salvation Army desperately seeks elves

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

The empty spots represent children and seniors who don’t have gifts yet.

The holiday forecast doesn’t look so jolly for more than 2,000 area children. The deadline for the Salvation Army’s Angel Trees is approaching and organizers have received presents for only 737 children.

The Salvation Army hopes to help about 3,000 area children experience the magic of Christmas, by matching them with generous elves who will fulfill their wishes.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees can be found in area Giant grocery stores, Walmart stores, JC Penney and the center court of the mall.  Those trees have paper angels with the wish lists of area children, senior citizens and people with disabilities who would not have a Christmas without help.

You can also adopt an angel at the Salvation Army’s offices on Lafayette Boulevard. Presents are due Friday.

Or, if you can’t step up and fulfill an entire wish list, you could donate a toy Saturday to the Salvation Army’s drive through toy drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the old Giant on Plank Road. The event will feature free hot dogs, a bake sale and hot chocolate.

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