Salvation Army Angel Tree Campaign

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Shoppers hunted for their perfect angel.

"It just blesses my heart fully ‘cause, like I said, my boys are fully grown and I have no grandchildren, so this is really a part that I can bless someone else's family."

The festivities kicked off with live holiday music and plenty of food. Toys-R-Us extended their hours evening so families could come out and shop for Christmas gifts for needy children in Bay County.

The Angel Tree Program places angels on Christmas trees in stores throughout Bay County.

"There is families as small as one child and as big as five children. One thing we suggest to people is to go in with a neighbor and maybe the two of you go in together."

But the gifts aren't too expensive. On each angel is a wish list of items under $30 the children have picked out.

In mid-December parents of the angel tree children will collect the toys that have been bought for their children.

The Salvation Army says it is especially important to help out this year because of the number of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in our area.

"We do have some Katrina evacuees that are applying for assistance because, you know, they're starting over and they're buying furniture, so they don't have money for Christmas for their kids."

Angel trees will be in stores county-wide starting Monday. Once you make your purchases simply drop it off to the Salvation Army.