It's almost Halloween and while most stores are preparing for ghouls and goblins, the Salvation Army in Ozark is preparing for gifts and ribbons. That's because the annual Angel Tree program kicked off today.
"We say today is the kick-off of our Christmas Season because it's our first day." The first day of quite a big project.
It's a chance for organizations and individuals to adopt less-fortunate families in the area and make sure that their Christmas is just as magical as any other.
"They're adopted through Angel Trees that we put at Walmart as well as people just calling us." Families have to sign up and qualify based on their total income.
"Once they're approved, which will be done by next Friday, we will start calling the sponsors who have already requested people." And Brenda says getting people to help others is what the season is all about.
"With the way the economy is and so many people out of work we're really trying to touch those that truly need it this year." Now the Angel Tree program isn't just about toys, it's also about clothing. Basically anything is being accepted to help make the holidays a little bit brighter for those in need.
Sametria Warren is signing up for Angel Tree for the first time this year. She struggled with the decision but is already thankful for what's to come.
"I thought about it and I was like o.k. There's a program and it's in the area so I thought about it and I was like if I can't get a lot of things than there's someone who can help." Help that truly feels better to give than to receive.
"We all sit back on Christmas Eve and we all go we did it."
And that's good enough for Brenda.