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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
West Valley City police officers choose names from the Giving Tree in Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. The Giving Tree benefits youths from low-income families in the city.

WEST VALLEY CITY — The West Valley City Police Department and Valley Fair Mall on Tuesday kicked off the 2012 West Valley City Giving Tree, benefiting 176 youths from 58 West Valley City families this holiday season.

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Those interested in supporting the program can choose and check out a name from the trees located near the Valley Fair Mall Customer Service Center; service representatives will provide a list of the child's needs and holiday wishes. Shoppers are then asked to return the unwrapped gifts to the desk before Dec. 15.

The West Valley City Giving Tree is a tradition started by the police department's Community Services Section several years ago when a family they were working with experienced multiple tragedies and were left with no resources for the holidays. The department now coordinates with a local organization that works with low-income families in the city to choose names for the tree.