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Angel tag program extended

December 13, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

With not enough toys to fill the great need this Christmas, The Salvation Army in Hagerstown has extended the deadline for "angel tags" until Dec. 19.

"We have received requests from 1,142 families this year for toys and food," Maj. Karen Lyle said. "That is 178 more than last year."

Also surging this year is the number of children needing Christmas presents. That total is 2,278, or 337 more children than last year, Lyle said.

With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, the decision was made to add more angel tags to the trees at Wal-Mart and Valley Mall.

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Shoppers can pick a tag that is a request from a child, fill it and take the items to The Salvation Army at 534 W. Franklin St.

"The biggest gap is toys appropriate for boys and girls aged 9 to 12, and for boys and girls up to 2 years old," Lyle said.

The toy and food giveaway is Monday, Dec. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at the former McCrory's store in Long Meadow Shopping Center. Those preregistered to receive toys, food or both will have appointments that day, Lyle said.

The Salvation Army plans to have a second distribution day on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon for people on a waiting list.

"That's if there is anything left over," Lyle said.

For more information on how to donate, call 301-733-2440.

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