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Hancock Co. Angel Tree program needs help

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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Hancock County Angel Tree program is in trouble. The Christmas toys for the needy children of the county are set to be handed out Monday and there are still several names on Angel Trees around the county that have not been adopted.

On top of that, many of the gifts that have been pledged to the program have yet to come in.

"We don't want any one of the children in Hancock County to wake up without a gift. We'd like everybody to have something under their tree," said Jane Stock with the Hancock Housing Resource Center.

This year, the demand is bigger than ever before with more than 300 children in need.

"There are quite a bit of angels that still haven't been adopted and we still have so many toys that have not come in. You've seen our back warehouse and it is empty waiting on things to come in," Stock said.

Kristian LaFrance said helping out is easy. She supplied gifts for three young boys.

"Just cause some people are less fortunate than us. And I just like helping out and seeing people happy," said LaFrance.

"A donor would be anybody who feels the spirit of Christmas and was once a little kid waking up Christmas morning," Stocks said. Just remember how that feels and you can be a part of that in someone else's life."

But the clock is ticking if you want to help.

"Time is running out. Monday, we start giving the donations out to the Angel Tree applicants," explained Kelli Billups with the Hancock Housing Resource Center.

Anyone who wants to purchase a gift or make a cash donation should contact the Hancock Housing Resource Center at (228) 463-8887. The office is closed on Fridays.

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