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11/15/02 - Tyler

Salvation Army Angel Tree Pays Benefits

Last year, Bernadette Coleman was a single mother of three. Christmas was a major source of stress for her.

"I was mostly worried about how I was going to get their presents," she said. "And how I was going to provide for them."

Last year, someone was an Angel for her family.

"Last year, I didn't have to worry about whether they were going to get Christmas presents and all that other stuff. I knew there was a family out there that cared and would give back."

This year, she's on the other side of the Angels. She's volunteering at the Angel Tree site, and her new husband and family are supporting her.

"Everyone in the family is going to get an angel from the tree," she explains. "We are going to give gifts to children that are not able, their parents are not able to provide for them. It meant a lot to me and my family to be able to receive and now that I'm able to give back, it means a whole lot more."

So for Christmas, remember when you give, the family that unwraps your gifts this year may be someone's Angel next.

To make a difference in someone's life this holiday season, just come by the Angel Tree. The tree is located in front of J.C. Penneys in the Broadway Square Mall. There are over five thousand people in need of Angels on the tree.

Reid Kerr reporting.

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