Angel Tree pick up

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- Kids will be rocking around the Christmas tree with presents under the tree thanks in large part to the Salvation Army angel tree program. Now a lot of Chattanooga Hamilton County comes out to support the event but imagine being able to receive the gifts as a kid and be able to pay it forward later in life.

“When I was a child around eight years old I got gifts, my gifts came from the Salvation Army. If it wasn’t for the Salvation Army I wouldn’t have had gifts at Christmas and so all these years later I get to do that for other kids,” said Major Mark Smith.

He said it means so much for him to be able to give back through the Salvation Army.

“I get to be part of the process. It’s very special to me. I love this I’ve been doing this for 35 years and I’m going to keep doing it until I can’t do it anymore,” said Smith

Thursday and Friday recipients will be picking up toys cot 4000 Angel trees so kids will have gifts to open on Christmas day.

“People in distress, signing up and then the public, Chattanooga citizens, adopt these angels and they give us the gifts and we make sure the Angels get it for Christmas,” said Smith.

The Salvation Army red kettle find is another way to help. 

“We still need cash donations because this is an expensive process to run. Don’t forget our friends in Kentucky who are devastated by the tornado,” said Smith.

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