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Dec 10, 2009 3:33 PM

Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program Deadline Extended

The Salvation Army in Lexington is extending its deadline for their Angel Tree program that provides Christmas gifts thousands of children in central Kentucky.

The names of the children and their Christmas wish lists are hanging up like ornaments on Angel Trees across central Kentucky. The deadline to buy and drop off gifts for the program was originally set for Sunday, but because nearly 1/3 of the tags are still unclaimed, about 1,600, the deadline has been pushed back until Tuesday, December 15.

Salvation Army Major Debra Ashcraft is confident the community will come through to help the needy children. "The community has always come through," she said. "And I think with just a little more time we will be able to accomplish this. We are very blessed to live in a community where people care. A little more time is what is needed."

Angel Tree tags can be picked up at the Whitaker Bank in Hamburg until Tuesday. Tags at Fayette Mall will only be available until Sunday. Unwrapped gifts need to be dropped off by Tuesday night at the Christmas Center on South Broadway.

The money the Salvation Army raised at the recent Castle Post fundraiser will also be used, if needed, to make sure every child gets something this Christmas.

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