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Radio station uses airwaves to help angels

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Broadcasting to thousands, Paul Alexander and Major Eric Roberts hope word gets need help.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program relies on donations to provide toys to hundreds of needy children each Christmas.

This year, the Selma chapter has even more kids on the list, and Major Roberts says they still have a long way to go to meet the need.

"This year has been real real sluggish," says Roberts.

Roberts believes the economy is keeping people from donating more, making goals that much harder to meet.

"It's like a big pep rally to get people to come out and give toys as well as money," says Alexander.

That's where Selma's WALX 100.9 FM steps in.

"It's almost like we went into emergency mode. We said, 'hey, we gotta help.' Within a couple hours, we got a promo on the air," says Alexander.

The radio station quickly set up a schedule for Wednesday. Nine hours of airwaves devoted to asking folks to donate.  Some are already answering the call.

"We had an anonymous donation for 200 angels, and we are really looking forward to these angels being adopted and we really need help because there's still 200 more to go," says Roberts.

Both men think the broadcasts will bring big results.

"It makes you really think, 'gosh, we've got the power to do this and make this happen.'"

There are still 275 children that need toys.

If you'd like to donate, you can drop off toys at the Selma Wal-Mart, West Alabama Easter Seals, and WALX radio station on Persimmon Tree Road in Selma.

You can also pledge money over the phone if you can't make it to the drop-off points.  Call WALX at 334-875-9360.

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