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September 4th, 2014

Angel Tree 2014 Opens to Record Number of Calls

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Salvation Army is already thinking about Christmas, and has begun screening families who qualify for its Angel Tree program. But there were some hiccups for people hoping to sign up Wednesday when the phones started ringing off the hook.

The Salvation Army received 8,000 calls from people trying to sign up in just under an hour. There were so many calls, the system crashed. Phone lines were down for about an hour.

This is just the first step in a screening process families go through.

“In October, we will have a face to face screening,” a Salvation Army representative said. “Our system will generate an appointment time for them to come in.”

To be eligible, families must meet an income requirement, and kids have to be 12 or younger.

The Salvation Army will approve about 5,000 people. Those people’s wishlists will then go on paper angels on Christmas trees in hopes others will feel the holiday spirit and make sure they have something under their tree Christmas morning.

“In their wildest dreams, they couldn’t believe Christmas could be that good for their children,” the Salvation Army representative said.

Source: WREG TV 3

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