Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program Helping Needy Kids

Lynchburg, VA - The Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree program started Saturday in Lynchburg.

In order to celebrate the kick-off, a kids choir sang the original Angel Tree song at the River Ridge Mall. Volunteers hung the first angels up on the trees.

The man who composed that song 34 years ago--Danny Moore --actually led the choir.

Salvation Army organizers say every angel represents a child in need. They ask that in the next weeks, you stop by to pick up an angel, and buy that child a gift for Christmas.

You can find angels at River Ridge Mall, the Salvation Army downtown or at local churches.

"Those are toys that are handed out throughout the Lynchburg and surrounding counties, so this year we are anticipating to help over 1,500 kids," said Captain Donald Dohmann with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is held all over the country, but the first one actually started in the Hill City back in 1979.

Next year, they hope to have a big event to celebrate the program's 35th anniversary.