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December 5, 2013

Angels needed to help local children

Salvation Army: Many needs are not going to be met

DERRY — There’s still time for holiday angels to work their magic this season.

The Salvation Army is putting out the call for people to participate in this year’s Angel Tag program.

Right now, the Derry-based organization still has about 100 unclaimed tags. That means 100 children need someone to adopt the tag and fulfill their wishes.

Tags can be found on trees at Derry Public Library, Hannaford in Derry and Londonderry, and at the 99 Restaurant in Londonderry.

People take the tags off the tree and purchase some or all of the gifts listed for a specific child according to size, color and gift wishes.

The gifts are brought back to the Salvation Army to fill bags for distribution. The need is still great.

Lt. Kiley Williams of the Salvation Army said with so many organizations handling their own holiday efforts to help others, it’s sometimes difficult to spread the wealth.

“We still have 100 tags at our office that need a home,” Williams said.

There are about 260 children needing help this season, she said. Many families ask for help after substantial changes in circumstances, including job and home losses.

“And some people have been coming to us for years,” Williams said. “They are just in that rut and can’t get out of it. There are some real sad circumstances.”

Businesses and organizations in town are very generous and handle dozens of tags, she said.

A single business may “adopt” as many as 20 to 30 tags.

“People are taking the tags, but we have a lot left,” Williams said.

Anyone who wants to help a child this season can get a tag off a tree or stop by the Salvation Army office on Folsom Road.

All gifts purchased are due back by Dec. 6. Call 434-7790 for information or visit use.salvationarmy.org/derry.

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