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OKLAHOMA CITY - Each little angel on this tree symbolizes a child in need, but some have been forgotten this year.

"At the Angel Trees, there are still about 150 angels hanging on each tree. One at Penn Square and Quail Springs,” Major Charlotte Gargis, with the Salvation Army, said.

So far, 300 wish lists haven't been picked up, but there is something even more alarming for the Salvation Army.

"The disturbing part or the anxious part is the 2,700 angels that have been taken off the tree but haven't been brought back,” Major Gargis said.

That's why the Salvation Army just announced that it is extending the deadline to drop off donations from Dec. 10 to Dec. 15.

Sadly, a large number of the wish lists aren't returned every year. But this year is particularly bad for the charity.

"Sometimes they lose their angel or sometimes they forget or some may get sent to the hospital, lots of reasons," she said.

Organizers don't want people to wait until the last-minute.

"I don't think people realize how much processing it takes for us to get everything organized before the families come to pick it up, so that's why Dec. 10 seems so early for people," she said.

They're hoping the extension will help fulfill the wish lists of 3,000 children.

If you can't pick up an angel, there are donation drop offs for extra items.

"Clothing. We need clothing for all ages, especially older kids. Sweatshirts are really popular. Any Thunder gear is really popular," she said.

A little angel makes a difference in whether or not a child will receive anything of Christmas.

"We're like Santa's workshop, only it's an Angel Tree workshop. We check a list and check it twice and then we check it a third time to make sure every child is taken care of,” Major Gargis said.

To pick up an angel, visit Penn Square Mall or Quail Springs Mall.

You can drop off your donations there or to the old Crossroads Mall. It will be located on the east side with lots of signs.

If you live far north, you can drop off donations to the Edmond Hyundai location.

Again the deadline to drop off gifts is the end of the day on Dec. 15.