Salvation Army's Angel Tree benefiting families in need

By Steve Uyehara

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You're shopping for Christmas gifts or perhaps something for yourself.

You're at the mall anyway, so the Salvation Army has made it so easy for you to give back this holiday season.

Just walk up to the Angel Tree and grab one of the angels.

"This one for example, is Nehemiah, he's 12," says Sharol Begonia from the Salvation Army as she picks one of the angel cards at random. "He is asking for clothes and shoes."

If you want to donate, you pick the card, buy the gift and bring it back to the volunteers who are next to the tree.

Each angel represents either a kid 12 years old or younger, or a senior 55 or older.

And while you won't know the entire story behind each of these people, just know that they've fallen under tough times.

"This year a lot of families are first time families reaching out for help," says Begonia. "A lot of their spouses have lost their jobs, have been on disability."

The Salvation Army is hoping to collect more than 4,000 gifts before Christmas.

Trees are located at Windward Mall, Kahala Mall and Pearlridge Shopping Center.

And here's a true sign that your generosity is appreciated...

"People who have received help in the past and are more fortunate now, they'll come and help a family," says Begonia. "If they have a granddaughter who's six, they'll come and grab a girl's tag who's also six years old."

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