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Angel Tree program brightens holidays for local youth

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The annual Angel Tree program that provides gifts to children in need is underway, and this year about 250 youth have signed up with the Roswell Corps of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has been operating nationally since 1979. People select cards from Angel Trees that provide information about what kids want for Christmas. Children are not identified by name.

Given all the store and business closures as a result of COVID-related health orders, Salvation Army Capt. Niki Woollin is encouraging people to call or go online for information about what youth — from infants to 17-year-olds — want for Christmas. Requests include toys, books, clothing or other non-food items.

“They can say they have no preference and I will pick an Angel Tree card at random, or they can give a gender and age range and I will find someone that matches,” said Woollin.

Woollin can be reached at 575-208-2371 or at niki.woollin@usw.salvationarmy.org. The online donation site for the local Angel Tree program is salarmy.us/RoswellAdoptAngel.

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People are asked to drop off their gifts to The Salvation Army Food Bank, 207 E. Chisum St., by Dec. 11. Woollin said that Salvation Army corps members and volunteers will begin distributing presents to local youth on Dec. 19.

Angel Trees are planned for Walmart, and also for a number of other locations around Roswell as stores and businesses are allowed to open.

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