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12/18/02 - Tyler

Angel Tree Families

You gave from your heart. And they delivered. The Salvation Army's "Angel Tree Program" delivered memorable holidays to hundreds of local families today.

There were long lines, but no long faces--as each person waited for their special Santa, "I'll tell my daughter it's from Santa Clause." The true spirit of Christmas was given to needy families, thanks to unseen angels.

"I thank the angels for the angel tree cause they're the ones that had to help me out," tells Khomenique Reaves.. She's an Angel Tree mom who's thankful for the extra help. "I am single mother. I do appreciate everything that's being done because if it wasn't for the help I don't know what I'd do."

From bikes to bags of groceries filled to the brim. The kindness is guaranteed to nurture tells volunteer Warren Vanderbeck, "There's some sugar, some corn meal, eggs, butter and everything to kinda make a meal. It'll make somebody a nice Christmas dinner."

It's been a tough year for Liz Ray, "Not being able to find a job and me and my little girl trying to get moved, situated, " Today, she any many other families leave with a smile and a simple message of thanks.

More than 100 volunteers for the Salvation Army helped out with today's Angel Tree pick-up. And nearly 2 thousand families total will be helped out this holiday thanks to the program.

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