TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Christmas comes a little early this year for children in need, at least that is the plan as the Salvation Army kicks off their Angel Tree Program in Tupelo.
A Christmas tree is now in the food court of the Mall at Barnes Crossing.
Branches are filled with the name cards of children who qualify for assistance through the Salvation Army.
Angel Tree organizers recommend anyone who wishes to adopt an angel purchase one large gift such as a bicycle and two smaller ones. One article of clothing is also idea such as a hoodie.
"We've already got groups that have adopted angels and already purchasing gifts for them so it's been really good with our community," Salvation Army Major Sue Dorman said.
Angel trees will also be placed at the Walmart on Main Street and Gloster Street the Monday after Thanksgiving day.
The deadline to drop off gifts at the mall is December ninth.