AUSTIN - For almost 40 years the Salvation Army Austin has been making sure children in need have a happy holiday season through their Angel Tree program.
"These are children who would not otherwise have a Christmas and we not only provide toy items for them but also clothing," said Jan Gunter with the Salvation Army.
In November and early December people visited Angel Trees at area malls. The trees had paper tags on them with a child's name and the gifts they want and need. People had until Dec. 16 to purchase the appropriate gifts and drop them off at an Angel Tree. Tuesday afternoon the program opened it's warehouse packed with gifts. The parents picked up gifts for their children.
Monica Hernandez asked for basic necessities such as diapers, clothing and a stroller for her 8-day-old daughter.
"I'm pretty much a homeless person who just had a baby and needs help," Hernandez said. "I think she deserves to have good things in her life so I've asked for help."
In 2016, the Salvation Army Austin helped just over 6,500 kids. This year they helped 7,000. Every child gets anywhere from four to seven gifts, which include not only toys but necessities.
Hernandez said she is thankful for the help this year and is hoping that one day she'll be able to be able to return the favor.
"You do something nice for somebody and somebody will do something nice for you," Hernandez said.
Go here to learn more about the Angel Tree program.
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