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Salvation Army brings Christmas to Brazos County

With the help of many in the community, the Salvation Army is bringing gifts and more to kids in need around the Brazos Valley.

BRYAN, Texas — Christmas has come early to the Brazos County. More than 2,100 kids received a large plastic bag filled with items on their Angel Tree wish list today at the Salvation Army warehouse.

Nearly 900 families lined up outside the warehouse at different assigned times to come pick up presents the community donated to them.

For volunteers and families alike, this season of giving puts smiles on many faces.

“My experience has been great. The Salvation Army is such an amazing church body and they really do everything they can for the community and so this is only my second year doing it and I’ve enjoyed it so much and I’m going to keep coming back. Just seeing people so happy and giving gifts is really what just brings me back to keep doing it,” said Salvation Army Student Board member Klara Linder.

From bikes to clothes to beds, children who are signed up to be angels may be in for a surprise when they receive their bags.

“It’s just amazing. They tell you what they want but they don’t always know what they’re getting back. And sometimes it’s above and beyond what they were expecting and that’s just really amazing to see people’s reactions,” said Linder.

The Angel Tree program begins to interview families that are interested in participating early in the fall. Afterwards, the kids that are signed up become angels on a tree. People can adopt an angel and donate and buy presents for them based off of the wish list the kids make.


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