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'Angel Tree' campaign begins for Salvation Army

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The Salvation Army in Bangor is once again kick-starting its holiday campaign to help children in need.

The Salvation Army set up its 'Angel Tree' at the Bangor Mall on Saturday. Every year the organization counts on people to pick up an angel tag at that location. Each tag holds the Christmas wish list of a child in need.

You can buy just one item or the tag or get everything that's on the list. All donations can then be dropped off at the 'Angel Tree' inside the mall or at the Salvation Army's office in Bangor at 65 South Park Street.

Each year the organization has hundreds of families sign up for the program. Last year there were about 1,500 children in need of toys. Thankfully organizers say many were eager to help out.

"We had somebody call yesterday because we weren't here until today saying 'where's the angel tree?'...people want to be able to do this for families that they know are in need," said Mary MacKay who is the program director for the Salvation Army in Bangor, "and...I think it's just such a good warm feeling to be able to come and know you're providing a Christmas toy for a child that might not have anything for Christmas."

If you live in the Bangor area and would like to sign your child up for the 'Angel Tree' program, you still have time. The Salvation Army will be taking appointments through next week.

To make an appointment call (207)941-2990.