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Holiday charity drives kick-off

Amarillo, TX - The season of giving is beginning to pick up steam. There are many ways people can get involved and many organizations people can donate to this holiday season.

Today, we spoke with the Salvation Army as they prepare to kick off their Angel Tree Adoption tomorrow.

"The Angel Tree Program is one of our most successful Christmas programs and what it does is it helps the families of Amarillo and Canyon, they can have their child sign-up, we put them on our Angel Tree at the mall. Our opening is tomorrow at the Westgate Mall at 2 o'clock and a person can come and choose their Angel and look at the card and see the child and what their needs are, they go out and purchase those needs and bring them back to the tree, "said PR & Development Coordinator at the Salvation Army, Catherine Meck. 

Donations for the Angel Tree may also be dropped off at the Rex Baxter Building so they may be distributed to the children.

Holiday help for people in need will not only be coming from adults this holiday season. At Canyon High School they are not just doing schoolwork they are also working to make sure many families are not hungry during the holidays.

They are collecting donations for the High Plains Food Bank and learning what it means to give back to their community.

"It's important for us to give back to our community because they give back to us, and also we forget what we have sometimes, we take it for granted and so it's important for us to remind ourselves that there are other people out there that do not have as much as we do," said Canyon High School Student Body President Matthew Snell.

Canyon High School is trying to raise 22,000 pounds of food, which would exceed the 21,000 pounds they collected last year.

They are also trying to collect $5,000 as every one dollar donated equals 5 pounds of food. To encourage students to collect cans and donate money they are having a competition between the grade levels to see who can donate the most.

Also, as the temperatures get colder and the holidays get closer some children may not have coats to keep warm.

The Eveline River's Coat Drive is in it's 34th year of donating coats to children in need and every year their excitement brings a smile to Eveline's face.

"The Coat Drive is one of the most wonderful things I can think of to do because you get to see the children come in, they pick out their own coats, they've picked out their style, their color and when they leave they smile because they know they are going to be warm and I to smile because of that," said Eveline Rivers-McCoy Founder and Executive Director of Eveline Rivers Coat Drive.

Every year the Coat Drive collects between 3,000 and 5,000 coats.

You may donate coats or money to the Eveline Rivers Coat Drive by stopping by their office at 314 Jefferson Street.

They are there to collect donations Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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