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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry About 100 bags of Salvation Army angel tree gifts, including wooden items handcrafted by the Toy Shoppe, are assembled at church on Friday. Officials are working to respond to 40 more requests this week.

The Salvation Army is working to ensure that children in the area have gifts under the tree on Saturday.

The season of the angel tree is drawing its big day, but there is still work to be done.

“We are starting in September with our Angel Tree and Bundle-Up programs”, said Major Keith Jache.

The Bundle-Up program provides winter clothing for people under 18 and over 62. “We had more than 100 people for this program”, Jache said.

Typically, applications for the angel tree run until November. The children list the kinds of things they would like.

Sometimes Salvation Army personnel buy toys that match the lists. In some cases, toys made by Toy Shoppe volunteers fit the list.

There is a room full of toy bags in the church.

Sometimes requests come in late. If the Salvation Army can help, they do.

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