LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Lawton Salvation Army held their annual Angel Tree kickoff on Saturday at Central Mall. The program provides new clothes and toys under the tree for children who usually must go without Christmas gifts.
"I think that's so awesome because I always wanted to pick an angel and I haven't got to since I was little," said Miss SWOSU Outstanding Teen Katelyn Woods.
"Today we have the angel tree and we are picking angels to buy gifts for this Christmas," said Miss Lawton Lexie Herron.
Herron and Woods were just two people that adopted an angel of their own.
Herron picked a boy and a girl both under the age of 10.
"I just want to take part in getting them something for Christmas, maybe that they always wanted, but they could never have," said Herron.
Anonymous donors could also select angels from the tree. Each tag provided an angel's name, age, gender, and wish list. People are then able to purchase those gifts and bring them back to Salvation Army staff members to be sent to the child. Which is what Commanding Officer Major Joanna Robinson said the day was all about, to spread the joy of the holiday to a child in need.
"It helps the community," said Robinson. "It helps families that are in need at Christmas time. So, it's what the Salvation Army is here for, to help others."
The program will run until December 9th. You can pick an angel at the mall, Lawton YMCA and the Center of Creative Learning.