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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.