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12/20/03 - Lufkin

Angel Tree Project A Success

Story by Chris Cato

Many people in East Texas will have numerous presents under the tree this Christmas, but there are some families that all too often go without. That's where the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Project comes in.

Hundreds of East Texans filled the old Pearsons building Saturday looking for their Christmas to be a little brighter. Thanks to many donating to the Angel Tree Program, many families will have gifts under their trees.

"The community adopted people off the Angel Trees. The people called in, and churches called in looking for families to adopt. They went out and bought the presents, brought them to us and we are distributing them for the churches and agencies in our community," said Jerry Spann, Director of Love Inc.

Thanks to the numerous agencies such as Love Inc. and the Salvation Army, people like the Rodriguez family will have many gifts this Christmas.

"I'm happy and, you know, thanks. Thanks God and thanks, you know, for the presents I appreciate everything," said Clara Rodriguez.

It is that appreciation that keeps people volunteering their time to come out and help with the Angel Tree Project.

"I feel overwhelmed. To see the children smile and be happy and I just thank the Lord, for what God can do. I just feel so blessed today and I don't want a gift because I just want to see the children that are so happy," said Ellen Gurerro and an Angel Tree Project volunteer.

It's the tireless efforts of volunteers like Ellen that bring the joy to these young children.

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