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Angel trees await gift givers; promise to make you feel warm and fuzzy

Rubina Navarro Rubina Navarro
Stanley Nagata Stanley Nagata
Mariko Croswell Mariko Croswell
Rachel Cunningham Rachel Cunningham
Dinah Hayashi Dinah Hayashi

By Oscar Valenzuela - bio | email

KAHALA (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are only three weeks until Christmas to get your shopping done and even less time if you'd like to buy a gift for an angel. The Salvation Army Angel Trees are up and decorated with what you could call, living ornaments.

Salvation Army volunteer Rubina Navarro told us, "Every angel is actually an individual." An individual wish, from a person in need. The requests range anywhere from remote control cars, to comforters, or a purse.

Here's how it works:

You decide whether you want to adopt a child or a senior citizen. You then take that angel with you while you shop, select the gift that best matches there wish, then bring it back, unwrapped, to the angel tree volunteers before December 19th.

From there the Salvation Army will make sure it goes directly to the wish-maker.

Stanley and Shirley Nagata bought a rice cooker and towels. "I think that this year the economy was so bad we decided to see if we could help the seniors, somebody in need." Said Stanley.

Mariko Croswell also bought a rice cooker and pots for her angels and confesses that there's a lot to be said for a random act of kindness. "I think it brings some happiness to the shopper; to go out and pick up some items for someone and to know that you're getting something for someone that they actually need." She pointed out.

Central Pacific Bank decided to jump in and sent in their own a merry band of shoppers to get soen tree angel gifts. "We're shopping for a family of four children that are being raised by their grandparents." Said Rachel Cunningham the Kahala mall branch manager.

They made a few stops for gifts from  Radio Shack, Thinker Toys, and Barnes and Noble. They were able to cross off all of the wishes from their list and got a little something in return.

Dinah Hayashi summed it up for us, "Try buying something for someone and see the feeling you get."

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