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Volunteers needed for Angel Tree program

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Salvation Army is looking for people to participate in its Angel Tree program.

Angel Tree is a program that gives children in need the opportunity to have a truly merry Christmas. Participants adopt an "angel" — a child in need up to age 12 — in Marion, Hamilton or Johnson County and give gifts on the child's wish list. The children make lists with personalized needs and wants. Sponsors use those lists to ensure a joyful Christmas morning.

This year, Angel Tree is hoping to provide gifts for more than 5,000 children. More than 1,500 still need to be adopted as angels. People interested in being sponsors can stop by Castleton Square Mall, Greenwood Park Mall and the Indiana History Center by Dec. 8 to make adoptions. Sponsers will choose an angel from the tree and fill special bags with the gifts.

The children who don't get paired with sponsors before the deadline are known as "forgotten angels." But that doesn't mean they have to forget the Christmas spirit. Volunteers can also shop for forgotten angels and deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army headquarters at 6060 Castleway West Drive.

For more information on the Angel Tree program, and to volunteer your time, visit

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