Sherman Salvation Army Distributes Gifts

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12-21-06 Angel Tree gifts were passed along to their recipients. Grayson County Salvation Army workers collected enough toys for nearly 1500 local kids. This week they're handing them out, giving families the opportunity to put gifts under the tree this Christmas.

Christmas delivery comes in an overflowing shopping cart for parents like Dorothy Sanders. She loads up her car this afternoon with gifts and groceries. The Angel Tree fills her chidren's wishlists.

"We're into trucks," Sanders said. "Their father drives an 18-wheeler so they're kind of enthused on trucks."

Rows and rows of gift bundles fill this Salvation Army distribution center. Salvation army Captain Tammie Grigsbay says they extended their application process, supplying about 900 families with toys and groceries for Christmas dinner.

"At this time of year everybody wants to help somebody," Grisbay said. "It's part of the Christmas spirit. Everybody wants to give."

Grigsbay says families apply for the Angel Tree program based on income. Once selected, the families get to make preferences of what their children want for Christmas. Then other community members take an Angel and load them up with gifts.

"They are going to have a fit. They love it," Sanders said. "They're looking now because they're saying, we're going to open some toys, so oh my goodness."

Not all the angels were taken off the tree, but a motorcycle toy drive earlier this month filled in the gaps. The Angel Tree application deadline has passed for this year. Those who are already on the list but haven't received gifts yet, will likely receive them between now and Saturday.