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Photo provided by Kristen Hogan -- The YMCA of the Capital Area has kicked off its 12th annual Angel Tree Giving Program, inviting residents to give a gift to a child by Christmas.

The YMCA of the Capital Area’s 12th annual Angel Tree Giving Program is underway.

Residents are invited to select an angel card from the Christmas tree at any Y location, including the Americana YMCA in Zachary.

Each angel tag has the name and gender of a child and the gift they’d like to receive on Christmas.

Residents can select a card and donate a gift prior to Dec. 18, so that volunteers can distribute the gifts to families in time for Christmas day.

Also, donations to the YMCA of the Capital Area will be accepted for its Community Support Campaign, a fund used to provide scholarships to children, adults, families and seniors who need YMCA programs but are unable to afford them.

For information, call Kristen Hogan at (225) 923-0653, ext. 1104, or visit