SAN ANTONIO - Christmas may be months away, but the Salvation Army already has Angel Tree planning underway.

Hundreds of families lined up at the non-profit this week to make sure their kids have gifts under the tree in December.

"We had a lady who came here, she was the first person in line," Brad Mayhar, with the Salvation Army, said. "She said she had been here since 5:30 a.m. and we don't open until 9 a.m."

Angel Tree is an income-based program where volunteers from the community sponsor children from low-income families who can't afford Christmas gifts.

"I'm a hairdresser and I'm a single parent," Cynthia Rodriguez said. "I'm trying to make it through."

Rodriguez is among nearly 8,000 other people expected to sign up for the program this year.

She's registering all five of her children and providing their wish lists, clothing sizes and ages to volunteers, so when Angel Trees go on display in malls across San Antonio, people can select a child to adopt for the Christmas season.

Angel Tree registration will continue through Oct. 20.