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Salvation Army trying to meet the needs of more people

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The Salvation Army's Angel Tree is set up in the Belk wing of Independence Mall. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree is set up in the Belk wing of Independence Mall.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A sure sign that it is the holiday season is the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. The tree has been set up again in Wilmington's Independence Mall, but this year, it has been placed in the Belk wing.

The Angel Tree Program provides toys, clothing and food for children in the Cape Fear area. But this year, the Salvation Army went out to the various communities they serve in the surrounding five county area and allowed those in need to sign up for financial assistance, without the need to drive to the Wilmington Salvation Army headquarters.

Major Richard Watts says that has presented a challenge this holiday season.

"We went to Pender County, we went to Bladen County and Columbus County as well as Brunswick County and went to where they were, and it made it easier for people have the greatest need to make an application for assistance," said Major Richard Watts of the Wilmington Salvation Army headquarters. "In the past, we have had people come to our facilities and make the applications and go forth but we thought this was the best way to get to the people who really need help, so that has caused a little bit of an increase."

It's easy to participate, just stop by and pick an angel off the tree, then purchase what the child needs and bring the merchandise back to the program's location in the mall.

Last year, the Angel Tree Program provided clothing, toys and food for over forty one hundred children in the Cape Fear area.

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