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Giving back: Picking out Angel Tree gifts

The Kahala Mall Angel Trees are located at tables in the middle of the mall.

It’s the second year in a row that my family and I have gotten together to pull tags from the Salvation Army Angel Trees to make some Christmas wishes come true. My brother Sean is still finishing up his last few finals, so he wasn’t able to join in on our new tradition like he did last year.

It’s funny how easily attached I get to people I’ve never even met. Each angel is just a name, an age, and a wish, but they’re so much more than that! Each one is a real live person, and they just want one simple thing. When so many wishes are within your power to grant, I get caught up wanting to give everything.

When we left the Angel Tree tables at Kahala Mall, I had four angels in my hands — two children and two seniors. Jennie, Glenn, Marcus, and Gretta. Here’s how that happened…

Our four angels this year: 2 seniors and 2 children.

Mom picking out a senior at the Kahala Mall Angel Tree.

Mom picking out a senior at the Kahala Mall Angel Tree.

After picking two seniors, Marcus and Gretta, I saw Glenn — an 8-year-old who wanted that remote control truck every little boy wants at that age. I was sold. I turned around and my mom still had another tag in her hands. This one was Jennie’s wish, and all she wanted for Christmas was anything Strawberry Shortcake! How could we deny a 6-year-old’s humble wish?

Shopping with me is pretty much like a scavenger hunt — especially at Kahala Mall. Compared to other malls, it’s relatively small and doesn’t have as many stores geared toward the things kids ask for in their Angel Tree wishes. When it comes to gifts for my angels, I’m always looking for the perfect thing.

I’ll often question what I buy, too. Will Glenn like this truck? Or is he more of a sports car kinda guy? I just want his eyes to light up when he sees it — the perfect gift on Christmas morning. I mean, it’s what childhood memories are made of! If I can help craft some happy ones, what’s better than that?

Turning in our Angel Tree gifts.

Turning in our Angel Tree gifts.

After picking out a dish drainer for Gretta, some bath towels for Marcus, and a smokin’ hot red truck for Glenn, I was devastated when we couldn’t find anything with Strawberry Shortcake on it. She’s not the newest toy on the block, but I didn’t think we’d strike out so miserably.

Luckily there were still a few more days to look for Jennie’s gift, and my parents were able to find a Strawberry Shortcake cafe set at Toys ‘R’ Us in Aiea! Once you’ve got all your gifts assembled, all you’ve got left to do is drop them off — unwrapped — at the Angel Tree table you pulled your tag(s) from.

If you’ve got the time and money, why not stop by an Angel Tree table while you’re Christmas shopping and take the time to make someone’s Christmas brighter? There’s only two days left! See where you can find them here. Whether you pull one tag or four, you’re sure making a difference in one person’s life.

Do you and your family do any charity work during the holidays? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!


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