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Angel Tree Program needs more help to make Christmas merry

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The United Way of Independence County needs a few more elves this year to provide gifts for children in need.

This year, the United Way plans to help about 500 local children through the Angel Tree Program.

Most of the banks and several businesses in Batesville have set up trees displaying wish lists for the kids, who have all been nominated for this service through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Deanna Green, the United Way's new executive director, says what she needs now are more people willing to sponsor a child.

"We have almost 500 children on the list, and I would say that there are probably about half of those may still be out to be taken," Green said. "There's a huge need for our community."

Green said if people do not want to buy gifts for a child, then they should at least give some money to the cause.

"Even if all the names weren't taken, we have so many people who just write us a check for the Angel Tree Program," Green said. "We use that money at the end to shop for any names that are not distributed, and that happens. We will be shopping for names probably, but we have money to do that with. Monetary donations are accepted. We appreciate those. Not everyone's a shopper, but I have tons of volunteer elves waiting to shop."

The United Way would like to have all the gifts bought by December 13 so that everything is ready the following week for the giveaway.

To learn where to drop off gifts or how else to get involved, just visit the United Way of Independence County's Facebook page here.

For any other questions, people can call Deanna Green directly at 870-307-1406.

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