METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The Salvation Army put up their Angel Tree Friday morning for people to make this holiday season special for kids and seniors.
"I knew they were having the tree, and I said I have to stop there. I have to," Maria Murray said.
Murray woke up early to pick the perfect gift for a 4-year-old girl she chose off the Angel Tree.
"I like Snow White, so I figured she would like Snow White. So I got her the little house with the little elves and snow," Murray said.
The tree stands in Lakeside Shopping Center, and each tag on the tree represents a special Christmas wish.
"I said well I'm going to get it now, because I don't want to forget. I don't want to forget the children that really need a toy under their tree," Murray said.
Murray remembers Christmases where she didn't have presents under a tree.
"When I was growing up, we didn't have anything. Our tree was a branch. Our gifts was an apple," Murray said.
Murray said this is why giving back is dear to her heart.
"I try to help whoever I can during the year," Murray said.
Monica Every was Christmas shopping when the tree caught her eye.
"I guess I have a special place in my heart for older people," Every said.
Luckily for her, Every got the last Angel tag for a senior.
"When I was growing up, I just loved being around my grandparents, and I know sometimes they're forgotten and they've gone through a lot," Every said.
Carolyn Lenz has volunteered with Salvation Army for 12 years, and said this is one of her favorite drives.
"There are people in need. I think most of us tend to close our eyes when we see someone who's in need," Lenz said.
The gifts will be given to recipients December 9.
"My favorite part of this is the day we give it all away and see the smiles on the parents' faces at the generosity of the giving public. That makes my Christmas," Salvation Army Area Commander Major Ernest Hull said.
Those interested in picking an Angel to pick a gift for can stop by the Salvation Army stand in front of Dillard's until December 8.