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Angel Trees help those in need during holidays

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The holidays are quickly approaching, the time of year for giving. The Salvation Army is asking for your help with its Angel Tree initiative. Lori Dugan has two children and another on the way, but she was not shopping for them. She was buying clothes for a child she's never met. "I know how much it makes my son happy so, I’d love to be able to give that to someone else to be able to give their son simple stuff to make them happy." Dugan was participating in the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree. She chose the name of a two-year old boy named Noah in need of some new clothes. With help from her son, she picked out a few things, and then dropped them off unwrapped, at the Angel Tree. With the Angel Trees, the Salvation Army hopes to clothe 3,500 kids from 1,200 families across our five county region. "We have so many people that are out of work, and the children, it's not their fault, so when Christmas comes around, they don't want to wake up on Christmas morning with nothing under the tree, so we need everybody's help, so that we can make it a pleasant Christmas for them,” said Major Butch Mallard. Steve McEnaney added, "It's just the kind of thing you should do at Christmas, it's what Christmas is all about." Dugan says helping a needy child is a good way to get into the holiday spirit. "It feels good to know that not only the kids but you can help out parents too and give them a little bit of Christmas cheer, especially with the year everyone's been having, it's just a very simple way to help someone." If you would like to participate in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree, you have until December 11th. There are several Angel Trees located around New Hanover County, including the Independence Mall. If you can't make it to an Angel Tree, you can shop for a needy child online at or

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