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Angel Tree campaign kicks off today

A program that helps many children across the Bluegrass kicks off Friday.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign begins at 5 p.m. at Fayette Mall in Lexington.

Thanks to the Angel Tree campaign, thousands of disadvantaged children will receive Christmas presents and clothing.

It's the 28th year for the program.

"The Salvation Army begins this year's campaign with nearly five thousand children," Salvation Army Major Debra Ashcraft said in a news release. "Applications are still being processed."

People wanting to help the Angel Tree campaign are asked to visit an Angel Tree display, select a child's angel card, buy a gift, or gifts using the information on the card, and return both the gifts and card by Sunday, December 12.

The following locations will have Angel Trees on display:

Fayette Mall (near Dillard's): Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Whitaker Banks in Lexington and Georgetown: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

Walmart (Georgetown store only)

Gifts must be returned by 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 12. You can return them to any display location, or the Salvation Army's Christmas Center on South Broadway in Lexington.

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