OGDEN -- United Way of Northern Utah is issuing a special plea for the annual Salvation Army Sub for Santa, which had about 100 children on its Angel Tree campaign come up empty.
Leslie Herold, the United Way's director of community impact, said the Sub for Santa distribution is under way now, so the need is urgent.
All of the children whose names weren't chosen are in the 13-to-16-year old age group, she said, which is always the hardest group for Sub for Santa to provide for.
"This is the age where they're forgotten," she said, but it is actually the most critical because teens know that others in the community, not Santa Claus, are helping them.
Herold said suggested gift items are low-cost MP3 players (under $30), hair care appliances, low-cost digital cameras, make-up for girls, or just gift cards for $10 or $15 for any shop that teenagers would appreciate.
Cash to help the Salvation Army make purchases will also be a huge help.
United Way is setting up a special drop box at its headquarters, 2955 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, that will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Herold said anyone with questions can call her at 801-399-5584, extension 107.