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Angel Tree: Gift drop-off location changes from last year

Posted at 3:32 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 19:35:21-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Christmas trees are popping up all over the place, but there is one in particular that is always extra special.
That of course is The Salvation Army's Angel Tree.
But this year the program wants to alert the public about a change.
For the first time, the drop off location is different than year's past. The Angel Tree Program and the Angel Tree Warehouse is in a different location this year. Gift donations can be dropped of at the The Salvation Army Coastal Bend's Family Store located at 5042 SPID.
"We just wanted to make sure that signage was clear and that people know exactly where to go and so we have made our family store the main drop-off location," Salvation Army Lt. Laura Gesner said.
There is a designated Angel Tree table near the entrance. Gesner said they are just trying to eliminate any confusion considering how large the program is.
"We serve here on average about 1,200 children every year and those are just children from our Coastal Bend communities," Lt. Gesner said.
Gesner said there is also still time to adopt an angel. For this, they provide three locations.
"One is here at the family store, we have angel tags ready to be adopted," she said. "There are also two others in the community. One is by the information desk at La Palmera Mall and there is one just inside the doors of the Olive Garden."
She said the significance of Angel Tree is unique in the community.
"It is a direct reflection of the generosity of the people here in our own community," Lt. Gesner said. "I get to see the joy on their faces when the donors bring in those gifts knowing that those gifts that they purchased are going to a child to make their Christmas a whole lot brighter."
The deadline for gifts is Dec. 12.
"You can go there take a tag and go get new and unwrapped gifts for those children," Lt. Gesner said.