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UPDATE: Registration for Salvation Army's Angel Tree ends Friday

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UPDATE: The deadline to register your child for Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program 2016 is just days away.

The last day to register children 12 years old or younger for the program is Friday, October 21.

Registration will take place every day this week (October 17-21). 

In Chattanooga, you can register at 5001 Covington Street, off Rossville Boulevard, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.   

In Cleveland, you can register at Bradley Square Mall, by appointment only, by calling 423-308-3467. 

The Angel Tree Program supports families going through hardship and gives children who wouldn't normally get presents something to open on Christmas morning.

Last year, the program served about 2,500 families in the Tennessee Valley.

Click here for more information on how to register.


ORIGINAL STORY: With just 10 weeks until Christmas, the Salvation Army wants to encourage families in need of assistance to start thinking about the holidays right now.

The holidays are a time of celebration for most, but for some families it can be the most stressful time of the year.

"My family needed help my dad was disabled and my mom was going to school and working at the same time. That year we needed assistance with Christmas and I remember it coming in and it made a big impact on me and my sister and family," Dodgins explained.

Matthew Dodgins was a 10-year-old when he received his first gift from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, only at the time, he didn't know it was donors that made sure his family had a Christmas.

"I was just at that age to realize that my parents were relieved, I could sense the relief," Dodgins said.

You’ve probably seen Angel Trees before, Dodgins was one of those names printed on a tag hanging from a tree. It's a program that’s served about 2,500 families in the Tennessee Valley last year.

"The family has help providing Christmas for their children it does reiterate to the children how important they are,” Major Robert Lyle with the Salvation Army said.

The Angel Tree tags support families going through hardship, then the Salvation Army gives the gifts to those parents to wrap, so the kids don’t ever have to know about the hardships.
Though Christmas is months out, they must sign up now.

"It’s crucial that they come with their ID, and the information that they need to prove that it's their children, where they live so we can adequately prepare for it,” Major Lyle said.

The Salvation Army in Chattanooga and Cleveland expect thousands to show up this year.

Whether it's something as small as a fire truck or a doll, the Angel Tree program's goal is to provide hope to families going through a difficult time.

"If you are embarrassed don't worry about it. Just come and register. Chattanooga is a generous city and there are people willing to adopt and your children will have a great Christmas,” Dodgins said.

Monday, October 17, starts the last week of Angel Tree registration for local children and seniors.  The Salvation Army is expecting long lines.

Families at or below the poverty line with children 12 years of age or younger and seniors 60 years of age and older are invited to register for the Angel Tree Program.

Registration will take place every day October 17 - 21. 

In Chattanooga, you can register at 5001 Covington Street, off of Rossville Boulevard, 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on above dates.   

In Cleveland, you can register at Bradley Square Mall, by appointment only, by calling 423-308-3467. 

For more information, including documentation required for registration, families in need should call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org

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