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Salvation Army offers holiday help

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It's hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner, but many families in the valley aren't financially able to celebrate the way they want.

That's why organizations like the Salvation Army are making an effort to help those in need.

For the past four days the Salvation Army has been offering holiday help with their Angel Tree program.

Capt. Art Fultz with the Salvation Army told News Leader Nine, "Families in the Columbus area who think they may need assistance with gifts for kids this year are coming to sign up. What will happen then is the names will be placed on Angel Trees in the area closer to Christmas."

Domonique Jackson explained, "I'm here just to get some help for my kids for the holidays. Times are kind of hard and I just need a little assistance."

Hundreds of mothers and fathers waited in line just to put their child's name on this year's list.

"It has been quite heavy and unfortunately today we've had to turn people away, but at the same time we're referring them to other agencies that do this sort of thing," said Fultz.

Captain Fultz adds they have seen more people sign up this year than before, "The economy is in a down turn and there are folks we're seeing for the first time who've had to seek this sort of assistance. It underscores what we already knew and that's that people are hurting."

Jackson added, "It means a lot because it shows the community does care even though there's a lot going on."

But for those lucky enough to sign up early, it means a better Christmas for their kids. Kids like Domonique Jackson's, "It just lets you know they care about you and they care about the kids. My kids get to have a pretty happy Christmas."

If you would like to buy these deserving kids a present this holiday season, you can choose them from an Angel Tree at participating stores.

The Salvation Army asks that you have the gifts turned in by December 13th so they can deliver them in time for Christmas. If you can't afford to sponsor an angel from the tree, you can always donate money to the Salvation Army bell ringers.

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