The Salvation Army kicks-off angel trees program - KOTA Territory News

The Salvation Army kicks-off angel trees program

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It doesn't matter if they're naughty or nice; the Salvation Army wants to ensure children in need have angels on their side this Christmas.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program kicked-off Thursday at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City. The angel tree is decorated with tags detailing each child's sex, age and a suggested toy.

The Salvation Army hopes 400 people will take a tag off this tree, fill the requests of that child and return with both the tag and a gift.

Major James Beardsley with the Salvation Army of the Black Hills says he hopes the organization can meet its goal of 900 tags because he says he knows how important the gifts can be to a child in need.

"When they open that toy and see something of that value they say aww man, Santa was good to me and that's what it's all about," said Major Beardsley.

Angel trees around the Rapid City area will remain up until 4:00 P.M., Christmas eve.

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