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11/18/07-Tyler

East Texas Offers Help During The Holidays

Slicing turkey and mashing sweet potatoes, a sight becoming more common as the Thanksgiving season approaches.  A season charitable organizations have been preparing for year round.

"This is the busiest time of the year for the Salvation Army," said Tyler Salvation Army Spokesperson Linda Edwards.  The Salvation Army has been preparing all year long for the meals they serve during Thanksgiving and the holidays, meals which will feed nearly 1,600 people this year.

"What we do during the holiday season is most important," said Edward.  "There's many, many needy families in our area."  From giving thanks, to giving gifts, the Salvation Army Angel Tree touches the lives of nearly 5,000 kids and adults each year.

"It's hard to imagine being a mom, having a Christmas tree with nothing under it, or not even having a Christmas tree for the child to enjoy," said Edwards.  "The joy in a child's eye when they see a Christmas tree, or they see a Santa Clause, or a wrapped present that they know is their's is unbelievable."  The Athens Fire Department has that same goal in mind, collecting toys for needy children in Henderson County. 

"The main goal is to help the less fortunate people in this community," said Lieutenant Joe Komandosky.  "We as a department, not only do we put out fires, but we do our best to give back to the community."  The Athens Fire Department accepts toys all year long for Toys for Tots, and you still have time to help the Salvation Army make the holidays a little brighter for East Texas families.  You can become an angel for an angel at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, now until December 16th. For more information, contact the Salvation Army.

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

 

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