Salvation Army distributes hundreds of gifts to less fortunate families

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A local organization is helping some middle Georgia families celebrate Christmas a little early this year.

“It’s the season of giving and many times we think about our families but this is really a reflection of the community thinking about others,” says Major Frances Gilliam. Gilliam is the area commander of Salvation Army.

During the holiday season, many struggle to buy Christmas gifts.

Gilliam says, “One of the bigger stressors is what am I going to give my children? I don’t have any money.”

Salvation Army is doing their part to help turn that stress into a blessing.

Tuesday, 500 less fortunate families are received presents several days before Christmas.

Each year, the organization host an Angel Tree Program where less fortunate families write out a list of Christmas gifts they want to get their kids, then the wish list is placed on the back of an angel on the angel tree located at the shoppes at river crossing.

“People have come and picked an angel and gone shopping for those children and so this a product of the community,” Gilliam adds.

The Salvation Army has been part of the community Angel Tree Program for over 20 years. 1200 kids benefited from the event.


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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!