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Salvation Army cuts ribbon on Angel Tree

By Lisa Burnett

This article was originally published November 26, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. Updated November 26, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.

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Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe reads a Christmas story to children from Episcopal Collegiate School on Monday before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2012 Salvation Army Angel Tree at Park Plaza mall.

Angel Tree ribbon cutting

The Salvation Army cut the ribbon on the 2012 Angel Tree at Park Plaza Mall on Monday in Little Rock. About 3,000 children in Arkansas are a part of the 2012 Angel Tree. (By Lisa Burnett)
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— The Salvation Army cut the ribbon on the 2012 Angel Tree at the Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock on Monday morning.

The Angel Tree is decorated with ornaments that describe the gift wishes of needy children in the central Arkansas area.

Donors buy gifts for the children and give them to the Salvation Army, which distributes them to the parents of Angel Tree children.

Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe read a Christmas story to children from Episcopal Collegiate School before becoming the first to select an angel from the tree.

Maj. Belinda Hill of the Salvation Army said about 3,000 children will be receive Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program in 2012.

"With the Angel Tree program, the donors are able to provide so much more than what the Salvation Army can provide for the parent to provide for their family for Christmas," Hill said.

"The whole emphasis of the program is to provide support to the parent, so the parent, in turn, can give to their child for Christmas."

Salvation Army Angel Trees will be at the Park Plaza and McCain malls until Dec. 16.

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