Nearly 2,000 kids still need "Angel Tree" adopters - - Jackson, MS

Nearly 2,000 kids still need "Angel Tree" adopters

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Salvation Army is asking you to help a child this holiday season.

You can give Christmas presents to a child in need through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

The names of qualifying children- and their Christmas lists- are on the angel tree at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland.

There are over 8,000 children who qualified for the program this year. Nearly 2,000 of them still need to be adopted by December 14th, since distribution is December 19th.

"When the parent comes in, looks in that bag or sees a bike or sees the things that people have stepped up and given them, it's a very warm moment because that is the real true meaning of Christmas, when people give of themselves to help others and it makes a better community," said Captain. Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army.

In a tough economy, the number of children in need has nearly doubled from last year.

"Some people who donated to us last year now are recipients for the angel tree so the difficult economic times have made it tough for people, but people who have right now are stepping up to the plate because they're more aware of the need," said Chapman.

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