NORFOLK - When you're out doing your holiday shopping, perhaps you can make room in your cart for a shirt, pants or coat for a child in need.

You can make Christmas extra special by giving to the annual WVEC-TV and Salvation Army Angel Tree effort. The campaign kicked off Friday.

Since it started in 1984, tens of thousands of children have have had something under their tree. Last year, the Angel Tree campaign provided clothes to more than 19,000 children in Hampton Roads. For 2012, the target is 30,000 gifts - to match the number of families who've applied for assistance through the Salvation Army.

'The holiday season is such a joyous time of the year, but for some it can be a challenge. WVEC 13News is so proud to partner with the Salvation Army and support the Angel Tree Project. If everyone who can, would take moment and think about those in need and add an angel to their holiday family, so many more children in Hampton Roads will be able to enjoy the spirit of the season,' said WVEC-TV's Director of Creative Services Ed Tudor.

There are more than 50 locations in the region to pick an angel from the Angel Tree, buy a gift of clothing for the child on the tag, and return it, unwrapped, to the tree by December 6.

Distribution by the Salvation Army begins December 10 and ends December 17.

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