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Christmas Comes Early Thanks to Salvation Army


SHERMAN, TX --  Continuing our 10-days of Christmas and it came early Friday for hundreds of families and thousands of local children.  KTEN's Chris Severy reports.

It's all part of the Salvation Army "Angel Tree" program.  Our ten days of Christmas recognizes those making a difference in Texoma.  Sharon Ray can't believe she's in line, waiting for help.  She said, "I used to be on the other end and was able to give to people and this year I can't. Sometimes it happens.  I don't like it, but it happens."  Sharon and her daughter are like hundreds of other families across Texoma who were adopted thanks to the Angel Tree program from the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army Capt. Tammy Grigsbay said, "We are giving food, clothing and toys away to almost 800 families.  It's about 1726 children that we're assisting today."  This year, finding enough "angels" to adopt those on the tree proved to be tough.  But a local company, Presco, stepped in to help with an $8,000 donation.  Grigsbay said, "Even though we had about 300 more children, almost everyone was helped this year."  And Sharon Ray is forever grateful she and her daughter will have a Christmas this year.  Ray added, "This is the only way I can do it.  If it wasn't for the Salvation Army, my daughter wouldn't have anything."  In addition to Christmas gifts for the children, people also got plenty of groceries so their families can eat through the holidays too.