Angel trees are up at local malls, and this year the Salvation Army wants to make sure people remember to return their angels.
Last year, they ran into an issue where angels were never adopted and some weren't returned. That meant spending nearly $10,000 out of pocket to make sure every child got gifts for Christmas.
Representatives from the non-profit say that forgotten angels are an unexpected expense.
"It's a non-budgeted item, so whatever we have to buy at the end we do it because we've already made that commitment to the parents that we're going to fulfill their needs," said Captain Ken Argot, Salvation Army Commanding Officer.
New this year, the Salvation Army is working with area businesses to collect toys specifically for forgotten angels.
The deadline to return Angels is Dec. 11, and the gifts will be handed out on Dec. 17.