Angel Tree Drive kicks off

TYLER, TX (KLTV)- East Texans were already lined up to donate at the Angel Tree Drive kick off Friday morning.

KLTV 7s Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto is the chairman of the Angel Tree Drive and is transforming into Santa Scirto. But Santa Scirto needs helpers and lots of them.

A spokesperson for Tyler Salvation Army says there are thousands of children and elderly in need of donations. Terri Searcy was the first person in line to donate. She says it's something she encourages everyone to do.

"I work at Austin Bank and instead of our Christmas party and buy gifts for each other we decided to donate to adopt two angels," she said.

Searcy says she hopes other businesses who normally exchange gifts will choose not to this year, and instead give to the angel tree.

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