HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Christmas is still more than three months away, but the Huntington Area Salvation Army is urging families to start thinking now about the holiday.
The Angel Tree sign up schedule for Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties is being moved up this year to the third week of September.
"If we can have everything ready we can put more names out in the beginning, than we did last year," Major Matt Riley said. "We actually start planning Christmas around here in July."
The Cabell County office of Information and Referral helps spread the word about programs like the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.
Sidney Polan is hoping people spread the word, too.
"I want parents to understand, parents and guardians, you really have to step up because this is it," Polan said. "When it's over, it's over."
The dates to register are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 through Sept. 25. Make-up days will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 through Sept 27. There will be no exceptions.
The Angel Tree program is for children up to 10 years of age. Families will be notified by mail during the first week of December to update them on their application status.
For more information about the Angel Tree Program in your neighborhood, contact your local chapter of the Salvation.