Texas Charities Struggling This Christmas Season

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With less than two weeks until Christmas, some non-profit groups are struggling to serve families in need.

In central Texas, donations are down for the Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree, a program presented by JC Penney that allows customers to provide needy children with Christmas gifts.

Christmas trees are set up in malls, with Angel cards hanging from them that supply the name of the little one in need along with their gender, age and gift preference. Donors may select, or "adopt," the cards of the children they wish to help. 

Chris Priest, director of the Salvation Army's Southern Territory, told CBN News that this year many parents are in desperate need of clothing and shoes for their kids.

So far, approximately 300 kids in the area are still in need of gifts. He said donors are allowed to give to as many children as they wish.

Meanwhile, there is also a push in the Lone Star State to reach out to military families.

"I was surprised to find out we had brown Santa and blue Santa, but where was something for our military," said Tracy Laporte with Military Moms of Texas.

The deadline for Angel Tree adoptions has been extended through Dec. 17.

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