Salvation Army distributes gifts to Angel Tree families

LILIHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 300 families received Christmas gifts on Thursday thanks to the public's generous donations to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

The Christian group's church was packed with bags of Christmas wishes.

One by one, families came to pick up their presents including household items and toys.

Two-year-old Maya-Shalynn is getting a baby doll. Ten-year-old Jialiang Wu asked for a DVD and backpack, while her brother is getting a new bike.

"I would love to thank them if I get to see them," Wu said.

"[I'm] just excited and grateful for all the people who give to those who actually need help," Angel Tree recipient Jessica Gunsman said.

"God gave to us his greatest gift and by giving these gifts to others," said Maj. Jonnette Mulch of the Salvation Army. "We really try to share with them that we can only give because he gave to us."

More distributions are taking place on the Leeward side.

According to officials, about $178,000 worth of gifts have been purchased by the public just in town alone.

The Salvation Army would like to the thank all Angel Tree supporters for making the holiday season brighter for those in need.

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