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Thousands of Angels Receive Gifts

By Samantha Jordan - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Distribution day has finally arrived for the Salvation Army. Volunteers worked hard as they handed out gifts and food to families from the Angel Tree. Angel Tree families say this Christmas wouldn't have been as merry if it wasn't for the Salvation Army.

"I keep my grandchildren and I just needed the extra help to get them gifts to make them have a good Christmas," said Deandra White, Angel Tree family.

"It's a blessing to a lot of people that's not able to get out here and have a wonderful Christmas if it wasn't for the salvation army especially us right now because we have seven kids and it helps a whole lot right now," said Demetrius Brisbon, Angel Tree family.

Six hundred Angel Tree families came through the Salvation Army to pick up gifts and food for their families this Christmas.

"The majority are very thankful and come in very cheerful and excited," said Captain Doris Lawrence, Salvation Army.

However, the Salvation Army says this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the generosity of the community.

"We're so dependant on the community to help us help all these families have a good Christmas so for me it's very humbling and I'm very thankful," said Lawrence.

Each of these families were picked by the Salvation Army and put on their Angel Tree to ensure they would have the help they needed to have a merrier Christmas.

 It's a opportunity to serve others and there's a lot of people who need a shoulder to cry on they need food in their belly they need moral support," said Randall Grooms, Salvation Army Volunteer.

Families here agreed that despite their current situations this Christmas would be a good one

"The kids will be happy this year and so are we so we really thank the Salvation Army for this," said Brisbon.

"Thank you and may god bless you," said White.

Volunteers will be distributing boxes to another 600 families  Saturday, December 18th.

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