CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Helping to bring the magic of Christmas to children in need is the goal of the Angel Tree project.

The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas drive is in full swing, and it needs people to help fulfill the wishes of area children.

Anyone can go to an Angel Tree location and take a name off the tree. From there, they can play Santa for a child who is unable to receive gifts this holiday season.

"It adds a personal touch. Usually, it’s more than just toys. A lot of times, people are buying clothing, so children are getting new clothes, they’re getting toys, they may be getting books," said Major Walter Strong.

An Angel’s wish list is full of items they need and want this holiday season.

The Angel Tree program continues to play a vital role in helping the Salvation Army make the holidays merrier for thousands of children in need. 

"It helps the families. It stretches their budgets. It allows them to have their children have a nice Christmas," Strong added.

With the outpouring of love from the Charlottesville community in the past, the Salvation Army is preparing for another season of generous gift-giving. 

"A lot of families, they’ve not had vehicles big enough to take away. Because what you buy for that child, goes to that child. We don’t separate it out," said Strong. 

The Salvation Army has Angel Trees set up at various locations and people can select an Angel until Dec. 17.

Locations include the Dairy Market, ACAC in Albemarle Square, the Brooks Family YMCA, Starbucks, Hand and Stone,  the Walmart locations in Charlottesville and Ruckersville, and North Fork.

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