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Salvation Army Angel Tree 2012

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Salvation Army headquarters across the state are ready to roll out this year's Angel Tree effort.

Little Rock's Salvation Army serves a four-county area.

Hundreds of families have provided the Salvation Army with copies of bills and pay stubs…enough information to prove they truly need help this holiday season.

Whether or not they get that help…is now up to you.

Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe gets some help from Laken, her three year-old grand- daughter, as she adopts the first angel from the 2012 Angel Trees.

But 2,999 children remain...ready and hopeful that they too will be picked and remembered.

"The children are anywhere from birth to 12 years of age and these are parents who come in and sign up with our Christmas program beginning in October," says Major Belinda Hill with the Salvation Army.

The 2012 Angel Tree kickoff inside Park Plaza Mall included music from the Little Rock Central High Chorus.

And the First Lady read a Christmas story to a group of kindergartners from Episcopal Collegiate School.

But while they all went home, the angel trees and the children they represent will remain for three weeks…at Park Plaza Mall, McCain Mall and several Walmart stores.

In a still struggling economy, it is hoped (but doubtful) that all the angels will be adopted.

"Usually our percentage…we may have 200 families, or 200 children that will not have their angels selected off the Angel Tree," explains Major Hill.  "And so in turn we're going to have to make sure that we have gifts that will be taken care of for those children."

Volunteers are also needed to help get angels adopted and help get returned gifts ready for distribution.

Call your area Salvation Army if you can help.

Air date:  November 26th, 2012