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Angel Tree Families pick up Christmas toys

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Volunteers and staff at the Salvation Army in Jackson were busy Saturday.  Thousands of families registered with the Angel Tree program were picking up toys for their children.  A warehouse transformed into toy shop was filled with volunteers plucking up boxes of games, clothes and bikes for little angels.

"I just think it is a beautiful thing to be able to participate in making someone else happy and especially the little kids for Christmas," said volunteer Bridgette Demerritt.

Bridgette Demerritt was passing along that Christmas spirit to her son. "Its great just to help these people out. They don't have what they want for Christmas so it is especially good to help children," said Jamez Demerritt.

More than 8,100 children were adopted through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program this year, but before the parents pick up the presents they register with some 100 volunteers then are guided to chapel.  Captain Ken Chapman challenged the mothers to be an example of integrity for their children.

"When you're in need sometimes and your life is in crisis, it is pretty tough so our purpose is to try to bring a little hope to them," said Captain Chapman.

That hope came in the form of Christmas presents for their little ones given by total strangers.  

"It helps me a whole lot, a whole lot, I promise you a whole lot. Little things that I could not get they was able to get for her," said Angel Tree parent Daphne Madison.

"I am so thankful, so blessed and I really appreciate it," said Angel Tree parent Viola McCarty.

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