Christmas is just a week away and there is a lot of work being done, not only at the North Pole but right here in Corpus Christi.

Workers with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program were busy Monday distributing goodies to those in need.

"This program can only exist through the generosity of other people," said Lt. Laura Gesner of the Salvation Army's Corpus Christi chapter.

Gesner oversees the massive undertaking of the annual Angel Tree program. Toys donated to the program are handed out to those in need.

"When people go and adopt an angel from an Angel Tree, they are giving directly to that child," Gesner said. "We even had a church this year come together, Real Life Church, and adopt a lot of our angels, and they made sure that those kids were really taken care of."

This year more than 1,300 donor angels are helping make this Christmas very merry for more than 400 children.

"I think it's a great opportunity," Jennifer Cervantes said. "It helps out a lot of people who have a lot of kids and can't afford to buy Christmas gifts."

Cervantes and her family are thankful they are getting help this year. She has 10 children -- five boys and five girls.

It's the kind of good tidings that ensure children's smiles on Christmas morning.

"It really is a blessing, especially for us families who are either in bad situations and we really can't afford it," parent Bianca Garcia said. "These kids still Cet Christmas gifts."

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