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Salvation Army calling all Christmas "Angels"

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By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

MARION, IL (KFVS) - The Marion Salvation Army is facing a Christmas crisis. Less than 20 percent of its Angel Tree tags have been picked up and the deadline is looming.

More needy families are taking part in this year's Angel Tree program than ever. A total of 1125 children and seniors signed up to receive gifts from anonymous "angels", but only 225 "angels" have stepped forward to help out.

That means without public support the Salvation Army could have to buy 900 children and seniors gifts, which could hurt those who depend on the Salvation Army the rest of the year.

"We will purchase the toys, so the children will have Christmas," said Marion Salvation Army Director Dan Jenkins. "But the funds we use to purchase those toys will come out of the funds we can use for assistance in southern Illinois for the rest of the year. So the more people we have getting tags, the less we have to buy and the more money we can use for rental assistance, utility assistance, food pantry."

If you'd like to pick up an Angel Tree tag and help a needy child or senior you can stop by Illinois Center Mall in Marion, or call the Marion Salvation Army at (618) 993-5854 to find other locations throughout southern Illinois.

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