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Christmas Angel program sign-up draws thousands in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. — Thousands of people were in
line Friday morning outside of the Salvation Army’s Mesa headquarters to sign up their children as recipients for the Christmas Angel program.

The program distributes donated Christmas toys to needy children.

Irasema Flores of Mesa has three small children and this program will help give her children a better holiday with something under the tree.

“They’re at a small age and expecting something for Christmas. If they were older you could explain to them that I’m not working,” she said.

People began lining up at 9 p.m. Thursday night. By early Friday morning the line snaked around the block near Sixth and Centers streets.

The Angel trees will be located in malls across the Valley. Children’s names will be tagged and placed on the tree. The public at-large can select a tag and buy a toy for the specified child.

“Really tough times right now. Look at the economy,” said Naishaa Scott, also in line for the sign-up. She has three young children. “I’m on disability and struggling myself.”