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TEXOMA -- All the holiday deals going on make it tempting to buy new toys and gadgets for one's own use. However we all need to remember it is a season of giving and the Angel tree program throughout Texoma needs your help. 

The program first started all the way back in 1979, when the Salvation Army wanted a way to provide clothing and toys to children in need. Local children would write their wishes on greeting cards with angels pictured on them and place them on a tree. That tree is now known as the "Angel Tree."

Christina Blackwell feels the program is a blessing.

"I have a 3 and 5 year old and their Daddy works but we don't make a whole lot of money and with the economy the way it is and everything, if it wasn't for the Angel Tree they wouldn't get a Christmas."

Last year the program was able to give her children something to be thankful for.

"Oh it was wonderful, Adrianna got some dolls and stuff and Daniel got trains, he's into trains," says Christina.

The Angel Trees are located all over Texoma (a complete list is found at the bottom of the story). Even your work place may provide a tree if you are in a corporate office like Texas Instruments or Tyson.

"The employees can come and pick them up where they also work and then shop and bring them back to their locations," explains Major Helene Wildish, a CORP Officer of the Salvation Army.

It is a very rewarding project that the whole family can be a part of this holiday season.

"Many times people like to pick a gift for maybe the age of their grandchild or the age of their child, the children like to become involved with them and its just a neat and fun project for families to do," says Major Wildish.

The need is high again this year and time is running out.

"We still have several hundred angels that need to be filled," says Major Wildish.

To give back to the community for helping her family, Christina helps the Salvation Army with their other holiday projects such as sorting canned food items.

"I am on disability so I don't work but I feel in a way I can help here and someone else is helping me as well by helping me with Christmas."

Christina encourages those who can to help other families this holiday.

"Just the excitement on the kids face when they actually have something under the tree ... It's really amazing."

There are a lot of locations across Texoma that have Angel Trees. Here's a lot of those locations:

Walmarts in Ardmore, Denison, Madill, Sherman, & Sulphur
Midway Mall in Sherman
Mountain View Mall in Ardmore
Old Navy at Sherman Town Center
Corporate Offices: Texas Instruments & Tyson

The Salvation Army says they need the donations by December 10th to have enough time to sort and distribute the presents to the families in need.