- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - The deadline for participating in Columbia County’s Angel Tree program is being extended.

The deadline for sponsoring a child or family through the Angle Tree had been set for Wednesday, but 86 of the 375 children represented still have no sponsors. Officials are extending the deadline to Dec. 17.

Sandra Smith, dean of students and director of housing at Southern Arkansas University, is heading up the Angel Tree program this year. Smith says officials hope to make Christmas great for more than 375 children and 152 families in Columbia County.

Smith says there are several ways the community can support the Angel Tree, such as sponsoring angels, donating money or volunteering time. There is no minimum monetary requirement for the program, but around $50 to $70 per child is recommended.

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