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The end is nearing for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program this season

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:12:47 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 09 2013 09:04:52 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

There are a few days left to "adopt" a child for the holiday season.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree has been featured at the Mall of Abilene since November but will only be there for a few more days, and dozens of children still need a guardian angel.

"We started with 2,500 children for the Angel Tree program who are in need of Christmas gifts and we have about 50 to 75 left," Salvation Army's Development Director, Lindsey Trook said.

Most of the children need pants and clothes to keep them warm, not all are looking for toys.

"Most things on the Angel Tree is clothes and it's something they really need," Trook said. "A lot of them say jackets on it and so especially with the weather recently it's probably something that they need more than a toy at this point."

Ideally, all the children will get gifts from people, but those who don't will still receive at least one toy.

"We do partner with the Marines Toys for Tots program so every thing that's collected from Angel Tree and Toys for Tots is taken to the Civic Center where we do our distribution so they will, everybody will get a toy," Trook said.

Some people make the Angel Tree a yearly commitment. Casilea Rodriguez said she chooses to make giving a priority during the holidays.

"It's just like a family tradition, instead of buying the adults gifts instead we take that money and we buy you know CPS kids, Salvation Army Angel kids and it just warms our hearts," Rodriguez said

Last year, all the children on the Angel Tree were adopted and they are hoping for the same turnout this go-around.