Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — The Salvation Army's Angel Tree recipients lined up to collect holiday presents from the angel tree sponsors. Walking inside, many of them were brought to tears when they saw the generosity of their sponsors.
That was the case for Tammy Edringdon, who has 3 grandchildren who will now get to have a perfect Christmas morning."It's a blessing. God answers prayers. Always believe." A generous sponsor gave not only toys, but bikes too, for her 3 grandchildren. She cried thinking about what kind of Christmas her family would be looking at without the help out the Salvation Army, saying "they wouldn't because we don't even have an oven, our oven went out."
That's what keeps the Salvation Army continuing their Angel Tree program year after year, and it's something Major Kari Booth is proud of; "this is one of the things that the Salvation Army enjoys doing every year. It wouldn't be Christmas if we weren't providing toys for Christmas in our community."
This year, the Salvation Army is helping out about 4800 kids, with its sister program, Toys for Tots, bringing presents to another 2,000.
Many of the families requested toys and bikes for others, but when others asked for basic necessities like mattresses and toothbrushes, the Booth is so happy to be a part of the Angel Tree Program. "It breaks your heart that such basic items are what's wanted, but then it makes you feel good that we can provide that item."
That feeling is what the holidays are all about.