Akron It is heartbreaking to think of a child with no gifts on Christmas. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas.

Children who are recipients of Angel Tree gifts are from families who have applied for Christmas assistance through the Social Services program of The Salvation Army. During the application process, the clothing sizes and special needs of the children are determined and written on the application and is then transferred to paper "angels" along with the child's first name, age and gender.

"The Salvation Army in Summit County has received gift help requests for nearly 2,000 children already this year, and only half have been assigned at this time," said Cheryl Knerien, Christmas Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army.

Families, church groups, local businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to call The Salvation Army at 330-434-7144 to adopt as many angels as possible. Angel tags are available for pick up at the Army's downtown Akron location, 190 S. Maple St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at these locations during business hours:

Downtown Akron--First Energy Lobby, 76 S. Main Street (McKinley Management)

Downtown Akron--Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S. Main Street

West Akron--Emerge Counseling Services, 900 Mull Avenue

Stow--Eddie's Bike Shop, 3707 Darrow Road

Norton--Creekside Animal Clinic, 3744 Wadsworth Road

Uniontown--District Boutique, 3875 Massillon Road, Suite 30

The Salvation Army's Adopt-a-Family program is another opportunity for members of our community to assist entire families with food, clothing and gifts at Christmas. For more information, call The Salvation Army at 330-762-8481 ext. 105.