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November 25, 2003
Albany- Salvation Army Volunteer Sandra Ross is a guardian angel, making sure angels on the Angel Tree get adopted in time to get presents for Christmas.

"It might not seem like it, but some kids don't get nothing but the gift that you pick from the angel tree here," Ross said.

Last year, the Salvation Army served more than 1000 children. This year, that number will probably go up, since they've teamed up with the Marines Toys for Tots program. Toys given to Toys for Tots in Dougherty County are given only to Dougherty County children. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree serves 9 counties.

The partnership should make it easier to get enough toys to the children who need them and eliminate the problem of people enrolling in both programs.

"We're able to reach out more to the needy and not the ones who actually are trying to take advantage of the system," said Erica Usher, social services director for the Salvation Army.

Stuffed stockings, dolls and bears are already arriving at the Salvation Army. But it's never enough. Only halfway through all the applications, there are already 600 angels out there looking for someone to shop for them.

"I feel like if I can be happy and make somebody else happy and make somebody else's child happy, that's for a good cause because that's what Christmas is really all about," Ross said.

So Sandra will be there, a guardian angel waiting to give you a pair of wings.

posted at 9:40 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com